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Lorry loaded with F-16 missiles crashes. Military spokesman says public was never in danger. Two people were injured and four others needed medical attention, when a civilian lorry carrying air-to-air infrared missiles on behalf of the military was involved in a 15-vehicle pile-up on Saltfjellet in Nordland municipality.  “The trailer has infrared IRIS missiles used by F-16s on board, but it’s highly unlikely one of these could have detonated in an explosion,” John Espen Lien, head of information at the military’s operational headquarters in Bodø tells NRK.

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Lorry loaded with F-16 missiles crashes

Published on Wednesday, 10th March, 2010 at 13:25 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Military spokesman says public was never in danger.

IRIS-T air-to-air missile
IRIS-T air-to-air missile
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Two people were injured and four others needed medical attention, when a civilian lorry carrying air-to-air infrared missiles on behalf of the military was involved in a 15-vehicle pile-up on Saltfjellet in Nordland municipality.

 “The trailer has infrared IRIS missiles used by F-16s on board, but it’s highly unlikely one of these could have detonated in an explosion,” John Espen Lien, head of information at the military’s operational headquarters in Bodø tells NRK.

The missiles were on their way from Bodø to Rygge when the lorry crashed in bad weather just before 3 p.m. on Monday.

Though drivers were unaware of the explosive cargo Lien says the military regularly uses civilian transport because of cost, and assures the public the ammunition was properly secured.

“We always have qualified personnel that know the weapons when we transport missiles, as the lorry drivers don’t necessarily have the proper training in what to do in case of an accident,” he says.

The military is now working feverishly to find replacement transport, with the original lorry and cargo under military guard.



Published on Wednesday, 10th March, 2010 at 13:25 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: iris-t, air-to-air, missile, f-16, plane, ammunition, lorry, crash, military, saltfjellet, nordland.





  
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