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Mon, 22 Sep, 2014 12:06:33 AM
FTimes-STT Report, Sept 22
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The Defence Forces on Sunday said the Hornet fighter surveillance flights in Eastern Finland on Sunday afternoon which broke the sound barriers were not related to airspace violations.

The Defence Forces said the operation was part of normal operative flights under airspace control in which the jets are required to fly faster than normal.

The authorities did not give further details on the operation.
 
According to the Air Force, the sonic boom could have been detected after 1.00pm in the area from the direction of Mikkeli to Kouvola

According to the Finnish language tabloid Iltalehti, the sound was at first thought to have been caused by an earthquake.

The Finnish language daily Helsingin Sanomat, however, reported that there were other surveillance flights over the Baltic Sea on Sunday.
 
The Latvian army on its twitter feed said NATO fighter jets had on two occasions warned off two Russian fighters as well as two reconnaissance and bomber planes.
 
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