Ac­ci­den­tal mis­sile in Es­to­nia cov­ered 80 kilo­me­tres

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The mis­sile ac­ci­den­tally fired by a NATO Span­ish fighter jet in Es­to­nia ear­lier in the week flew 80 kilo­me­tres, away from the ex­er­cise area and landed near the Endla na­ture re­serve in cen­tral Es­to­nia, Pos­timees re­ported.

Es­to­nian daily Pos­timees es­ti­mated on Thurs­day, Au­gust 10, that con­sid­er­ing where it was launched and found, the weapon car­ry­ing some ten kilo­grams of ex­plo­sives flew the large dis­tance, cross­ing among oth­ers the Tallinn-Tartu high­way.

The un­for­tu­nate Span­ish pi­lot of the Eurofighter un­der­stood the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion, when the AMRAAM air-to-air mis­sile was re­leased and warned his col­leagues about his er­ror, ac­cord­ing to the Es­to­nian Air Force.

The in­ci­dent took place dur­ing a reg­u­lar ac­tive ex­er­cise took place over Pan­godi, Tartu County, on Tues­day, where two Span­ish Eurofight­ers and two French Mi­rage fighter jets took part.

REUTERS/SCANPIX

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