Probe in accidental missile launch over Estonia points to pilot's mistake
As the accidental missile launch in Estonia from a Spanish fighter is being investigated, Spanish military investigators have found that the incident, which ended without casualties, came from a pilot’s mistake, Spanish and Estonian media report.
Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported on Saturday, September 10, quoting Spanish daily El Pais and Estonian newspaper Postimees, that an anonymous military source has said that the fault lies with the pilot in the misfiring of an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile from a Spanish Airforce jet of the type Eurofighter Typhoon.
The probe continues, but according to tests, the pilot initiated the missile firing sequence during military exercises. Safety mechanisms are intended to stop the actual firing normally, but has not happened this time.