Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Spanish jet accidentally fires missile above Estonia

Spanish jet accidentally fires missile above Estonia

It added that the air-to-air missile did not cause damage and was created to self-destruct. However, no one was injured.

Estonia's Defence Forces (EDF) said the missing missile should have a self-destruct mode that causes it to explode mid-air in the event of an erroneous launch.

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said it was an "extremely regrettable" incident.

'If you notice objects that may be rocket parts or rocket, they must not be touched in any way, ' he said, urging people to immediately call police instead.

"NATO's air policing mission is an important part of guaranteeing the security of Estonia and the whole alliance".

The military said the Eurofighter Typhoon from the Spanish Air Force - part of NATO's Baltic air-policing mission - accidently launched an AMRAAM-type, air-to-air missile in a practice area in southern Estonia on Tuesday afternoon (local time).

After the incident, the jets returned to their air base in Siauliai in northern Lithuania.

Spanish jets would be replaced in the programme by Portuguese ones until the investigation was completed.

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Pro Patria) also spoke with Spanish Minister of Defence Margarita Robles Fernández about the incident, according to a ministry press release.

An investigation into the missile mishap has been launched by the EDF, the Spanish Air Force and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"However, after saying this, I will add that many civilian and military organizations play their role in ensuring global air security".

The current Spanish deployment is composed of 135 personnel and Eurofighters jets.

Spain led the BAP mission in 2006 and 2016 and augmented it out of Ämari in 2015 and 2017, making this the fifth tour to the Baltics.

A statement from the Spanish Ministry of Defence confirmed that a missile had been accidentally fired by one of their Eurofighter jets but said: "The air-to-air missile has not hit any aircraft".

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