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World Fighter jet accidentally fires missile in Estonia

15:31  08 august  2018
15:31  08 august  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Spain's defence ministry is investigating after one of its fighter jets accidentally fired a missile over Estonia during a training mission. The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon "in an area of southwest Estonia authorised for this type of exercise", the ministry said. It added that the air-to-air

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A Eurofighter Typhoon accidentally fired a missile in Estonia© Getty A Eurofighter Typhoon accidentally fired a missile in Estonia

A Spanish fighter jet has accidentally fired a missile during a training exercise in Estonia.

A Eurofighter Typhoon from the Spanish Air Force accidentally launched an AMRAAM air-to-air missile in a practice area in southern Estonia on Tuesday.

Estonia's military says it is looking for the remains of the missile which was fired during a drill in the airspace of the Baltic country and NATO ally.

There are no known human casualties.

Estonia's Prime Minister Juri Ratas called the incident 'extremely regrettable'© Getty Estonia's Prime Minister Juri Ratas called the incident 'extremely regrettable' "A Spanish Eurofighter based in Lithuania accidentally fired a missile without causing any harm," Spain's defence ministry said in a statement, adding that the incident happened "in an area of southwest Estonia authorised for this type of exercise".

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A Spanish fighter jet accidentally fired an air-to-air missile while flying over Estonia during an air-policing mission, a NATO official told CNN.

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"The air-to-air missile has not hit any aircraft. The defence ministry has opened an investigation to clarify the exact cause of the incident," it continued.

The Spanish jet is part of NATO's Baltic air-policing mission.

The missile carried explosives of up to 10 kilograms (22 pounds) and was last located around 24 miles (40km) north of Estonia's second city of Tartu.

It has a built-in self-destruct for such accidents, but may have landed on the ground.

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said on Facebook that there were "thank God no human casualties," calling the incident "extremely regrettable".

Two Spanish Eurofighter jets and two French Mirage 2000 jets were taking part in the training exercise, the Spanish defence ministry said.

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

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