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    Estonia: Experts continue search in area where accidentally fired missile probably fell

    TALLINN, Aug 10, BNS - Rescuers in Estonia on Friday finished putting out the fire in the area where an air-to-air missile accidentally fired by a Spanish fighter jet is believed to have fallen, and experts of the defense forces continued their search for the missile or its parts.

    Neither the missile nor any part of it have been found yet.

    Experts are continuing the search, in which also special and heavy equipment will be involved, spokespeople for the defense headquarters told BNS. Taking part in the search are personnel from the 1st Infantry Brigade, the Air Force, the Rescue Board, the Internal Security Service, and the Spanish Air Force.

    The defense forces will forward information about the progress of the search and its outcomes to the public and the investigators of the incident on a current basis.

    Since it has still not been established conclusively that the area where the fire broke out in the Endla nature reserve is the place where the missile fell down, the defense forces are urging residents who come upon a missile shaped object to immediately move away from it and notify the authorities at the emergency phone number 112.

    On Tuesday at 3:44 p.m. a Spanish Eurofighter jet on NATO Baltic air policing duty accidentally released an air-to-air missile in a north-northwesterly direction while over Pangodi in the Estonian airspace, six kilometers off the ground.

    The defense forces are at the moment checking on a lead according to which the missile fell down in an uninhabited area in the Endla nature reserve.

    Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8866,

    Baltic News Service

    • Published: 10.08.2018 16:31
    • LETA, BNS
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