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Spanish fighter jet accidentally fires missile In Estonia

08 August 2018

Spain's defence ministry is investigating after one of its fighter jets accidentally fired a missile over Estonia during a training mission.

The missile has a self-destruct mode, but it's not known if it was activated.

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

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.

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As the Estonian Air Force continued to search for the missing weapon, the public were warned not to look for it themselves.

The accidental attack took place earlier today in the Estonian air space at 3.44pm local time (12.44pm GMT) by an Eurofighter Typhoon 2000.

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

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

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is ready to provide support for the investigation into the incident, the spokesperson added. All of the planes are based in Siauliai in northern Lithuania, and the jet that launched the missile was able to return to the base.

The Spanish Defense Ministry also opened an investigation.

The Spanish jet is part of NATO's Baltic air-policing mission. The Spanish Eurofighter detachment comprised of six jets.

The projectile in question is an AMRAAM-type air-to-air missile with a firing range of 100 kilometers that carries a warhead fitted with explosives of up to 10 kilograms.

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Jets from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries deployed on air-policing missions have had regular encounters with Russian jets over the Baltics, though there were no reports of Russian aircraft in the area when the missile was sacked on Tuesday.

Spanish fighter jet accidentally fires missile In Estonia