Compensation claims to MoD after sonic booms shatter Cambridgeshire chandelier, dislodge roof tiles and startle a motorist

Sonic boom compensation claims

Sonic boom compensation claims - Credit: Archant

The Ministry of Defence paid out £780 to a Cambridgeshire householder after patio doors and a chandelier were damaged during a sonic boom.

The figures were released by the MoD to a national paper following a Freedom of Information request.

Payments totally £3,576 have made by the MoD to claimants following eight sonic booms since April 2013.

Cambridgeshire figures in other claims such as when a driver was paid £500 following an accident; he claimed to have been startled by the noise of the sonic boom.

One householder in Cambridgeshire claimed for damaged garden furniture whilst another put in a successful claim for a cracked car windows. Cracked windows have also been claimed for in Norfolk and patio doors in Essex.

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In Lincolnshire and Hertfordshire households have claimed for dislodged roof tiles.

An RAF spokesman told the i newspaper: “RAF aircrew are subject to stringent control over the use of supersonic speed over land.

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“However, they are sometimes authorised to transit at supersonic speed for operational reasons as part of their role in the defence of the UK.

“Any inconvenience caused by the public is regretted, but this must be balanced against the need to maintain national security in an unpredictable and dangerous world.”

Last month the MoD was hit with fresh compensation claims after Yorkshire homes were shaken by sonic booms caused by two RAF jets.

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