Denmark closes airspace and busy shipping lane following missile malfunction

Denmark had to close part of its airspace and one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world due to the risk of falling missile fragments following a failed test. The National Maritime Authority warned ships not to sail through the Great Belt strait, the main maritime access to the Baltic Sea after the test on a navy vessel close to the Danish coast.

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

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

The missile failure only affected the booster and there was no danger of the missile exploding. The police were also informed, and ships were asked to wait until the problem was resolved. More information will be provided on this breaking news story as it develops.

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