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    Estonia: Search for components of missile to continue

    TALLINN, Aug 09, BNS - Members of the Estonian Defense Forces will continue searching for parts of the missile accidentally fired by a Spanish fighter jet on Tuesday in the Endla nature park in central Estonia.

    Press officer for the headquarters of the defense forces 2nd Lt. Taavi Laasik said that the search will continue and there are no news at the moment. He added that searching for the components of the missile will continue in the same area where it took place on Wednesday.

    According to the Air Force, it is a marshy area and there is not settlement there.

    According to commander of the Air Force Col. Riivo Valge, it will be investigated why such a thing happened and experts from different fields are to provide their assessments on how to avoid similar incidents in the future.

    Chief of staff of the Estonian Defense Forces Maj. Gen. Martin Herem said that the incident is very extraordinary. At the same time, carrying out flight exercises is necessary and fighters need to carry weapons because otherwise there is not point in these, he added.

    Herem added that in this case the chain of command is not important because nobody gave the order to fire the missile and it was not intentional.

    On Tuesday at 3:44 p.m. a Spanish Eurofighter on NATO Baltic air policing duty accidentally fired an air-to-air missile in Estonian airspace, six kilometers off the ground.

    According to Valge, the Estonian Air Force was notified in a few minutes about the incident and in the following half an hour the details of the incident were checked. About an hour later the air force forwarded the information to its cooperation partners, including the Police and Border Guard Board.

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    Baltic News Service

    • Published: 09.08.2018 09:52
    • LETA, BNS
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