Spain fires missile above Estonia during drill, Reports.
Spain is forced to explain why one of its jets fired a missile during a drill in the airspace of the Baltic country and NATO ally.
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.
“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”.
“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.