The Daily Record has oddly claimed an ‘anti-submarine plane taking off’ caused a ‘sonic boom felt across UK’, the only trouble? The aircraft is a converted airliner unable to travel at the speed of sound.
The masterclass in reporting starts off by stating:
“An anti-submarine aircraft which took off from Inverness ‘has caused a sonic boom to have been felt across the UK’. The RAF Boeing Poseidon MRA1 (P-8A) left the Scottish Highlands this morning and according to the British Geological Survey was behind a number of reports of a sonic boom.”
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Where to even start? It took off from Lossiemouth first of all and secondly, the British Geological Survey have made no such claim.
Look closely at the statement from the BGS:
“Data from BGS seismic networks were examined and signals consistent with a possible sonic origin were recorded at that time. British Aerospace confirmed they did have aircraft airborne at the time and two RAF aircraft but cannot confirm at this time if any had gone supersonic.”
By the way, in case you’re wondering, it was a Typhoon fighter jet that caused the boom whilst operating over the coast.
Hopefully they reach out and make the corrections to the article / start afresh.
Sadly this sort of misinformation is what generates mistrust in traditional media.
— Dan Chorley (@DanChorley) February 15, 2022
The rest of the article is just filler, desperately trying to tie the aircraft ongoing tensions with Russia. Am I being too harsh? Maybe but this is a really poor effort from the outlet, especially after one of their ‘trainee reporters’ yesterday misrepresented a tweet of mine about an ongoing incident, citing my words to “multiple witnesses told the Daily Record” when in fact she had just read my tweet. Dishonesty or poor practice, I don’t think there’s much of a distinction.