Denmark closes airspace and busy shipping lane following missile malfunction

Mandatory Navy Test Causes Shipping and Air Travel Disruption in Denmark

The failure of a mandatory test on a navy vessel close to the Danish coast has forced Denmark 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 naval exercise in the area, where the missile launcher could not be deactivated. This posed a risk as the missile could potentially fire and fly for several kilometers until it was deactivated. A technical problem was attributed to the failure, with specialists being deployed to investigate and resolve the issue.

The warning covered an area of 5-7 kilometers of the Great Belt bridge, but it remained open for traffic. The missile was launched from frigate Niels Juel, with no danger of it exploding as only its booster failed. The police were informed and ships were asked to wait until

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