Probe in ac­ci­den­tal mis­sile launch over Es­to­nia points to pi­lot's mis­take

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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.

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