India Accidentally Fires Missile into Pakistan

India blamed a “technical malfunction” during routine maintenance for the incident in which a missile was fired across the border into longtime foe Pakistan.

According to NBC News:

“On 9 March 2022, in the course of a routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile,” India’s defense ministry said in a statement. “It is learnt that the missile landed in an area of Pakistan. While the incident is deeply regrettable, it is also a matter of relief that there has been no loss of life due to the accident.”

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John
John
8 months ago

Considering that 77 miles is only about 2.5 minutes at Mach 3, that is not very long for the missile to be in flight before crashing. Given that limited timeline, it would make me wonder if the Indians were successful in disarming and/or disabling the missile, thus lending credence to their statement that it truly was an accidental launch.

Of course, I do also wonder why they didn’t send a self-destruct code to the missile to have it destroyed while still 7.5 miles above the ground. I am sure that they could have found an area on the flight path which would be minimally disturbed by any falling debris. Could it be that there was a reason that they wanted it to “crash” into Pakistan instead? Curious minds want to know.

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