Estonian military helicopters are looking for a missile after it was accidentally fired over the country's southern skies on August 7 by a Spanish fighter jet participating in a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training mission.
But it hasn't been confirmed whether the procedure was actually triggered and authorities haven't ruled out the possibility the missile landed on the ground.
The Spanish jet fired the missile - an advanced medium-range air-to-air missile, or AMRAAM, made by USA defense firm Raytheon - a little before 4 p.m. local time over the village of Pangodi, as it returned from an exercise with another Spanish jet as well as two French Mirage 2000 jets.
Two Spanish Eurofighter jets, and two French Mirage 2000 jets, were taking part in the training exercise in a practice area in Estonia.
Estonia's Defence Forces (EDF) said the missing missile should have a self-destruct mode that causes it to explode mid-air in the event of an erroneous launch.
The accidental attack took place earlier today in the Estonian air space at 3.44pm local time (12.44pm GMT) by an Eurofighter Typhoon 2000.
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The Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas called the incident "horrible" and "regrettable".
The Spanish fighter accidentally fired the missile while flying over the Estonian town of Otepää, on its way to return to its base in the Lithuanian town of Šiauliai.
He added: "I am sure that the Estonian defence forces will. make every effort to make sure that nothing like this happens again". "The defence ministry has opened an investigation to clarify the exact cause of the incident", it added.
The projectile in question is an AMRAAM-type air-to-air missile with a firing range of 100 kilometers that carries a warhead fitted with explosives of up to 10 kilograms.
The current Spanish deployment is composed of 135 personnel and Eurofighters jets.
Meanwhile, the Estonian authorities made a decision to ban the Spanish aircraft from taking part in the air policing missions over its territory for a while.
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