The low-flying jets frightened the inhabitants of Jerusalem; IDF does not say anything extraordinary
Low-flying fighter jets flew over the capital on Friday morning, surprising Jerusalemites.
The Israel Defense Forces said there was no cause for concern, that the Air Force was carrying out “routine activities”. When asked why the planes were flying at an altitude low enough to cause such noise, a military spokesperson replied, “It happens.
In July, the Israeli Air Force immobilized a pilot who sent sonic booms over northern Israel during an exercise, scaring residents of the area. Sonic booms, caused by planes when they exceed the speed of sound, were heard in the northern port city of Haifa and the Jezreel Valley on July 14.
Residents of the areas, hearing what sounded like large explosions, feared some type of attack or emergency would occur, prompting panicked social media posts.
The military then confirmed at the time that it was responsible for the noise, saying it was caused by “a pilot exceeding speed limits for a flight during a fighter jet training session in the region”.
IDF added: “The pilot was grounded. “