April 22, 2024 12:36 am
Denmark closes airspace and busy shipping lane following missile malfunction

Following a failed test on a navy vessel near the Danish coast, Denmark had to close part of its airspace and one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. The National Maritime Authority issued a warning to ships not to sail through the Great Belt strait, which is the main maritime access to the Baltic Sea.

The military stated that the problem occurred during a mandatory test where the missile launcher could not be deactivated, posing a risk as the missile could potentially fire and fly a few kilometers away until it was deactivated. A naval exercise was ongoing in the area at the time of the incident.

The warning covered an area of 5-7 kilometers of the Great Belt bridge, but traffic remained open on it. The missile was launched from the frigate Niels Juel, with experts attributing its failure to a technical issue. Specialists were immediately dispatched to investigate and resolve the problem.

Despite some initial concern about explosive fragments from the failed missile, there was no danger of it exploding or causing harm. The police were informed about this developing story, and ships were asked to wait for further instructions before resuming their journey through Danish waters. More information will be provided as this breaking news unfolds.

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