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Estonian Defence Forces find possible location where errant missile landed

A Spanish Eurofighter accidentally fired the missile during training on Tuesday night

The Estonian Defence Forces has likely found the location where a missile fired accidentally by a Spanish Eurofighter pilot landed, Estonian Air Force Colonel Riivo Valge said on Wednesday, August 8.

A Spanish Eurofighter jet accidentally fired a missile in the skies over Estonia during a routine training mission on Tuesday night.

“This morning we found the possible landing site of the missile,” Estonian News reported Valge as saying at a press conference on Wednesday.

“Circumstantial evidence point to the missile being there. It is 95 percent likely that the missile has been found.”

Estonia’s defense forces said in a statement the “AMRAAM type missile” was launched by the Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon 2000 at 15:44 near Pangod in the vicinity of Otepää.

Earlier on Wednesday, Valge said that the search had been narrowed to an area around Endla Blog in Jõgeva County. The EDF has not recovered any of the missile, but found traces of an explosion, he said.

“In all likelihood, the missile exploded in midair,” he added.

Two Spanish Eurofighter jets and two French Mirage 2000 jets were taking part in the training exercise and had returned to their base in Siauliai in northern Lithuania, Spain’s defense ministry said. Spain is investigating the incident.

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