The two Brimstone missiles that fell off a Tornado jet on the runway at Akrotiri on Wednesday morning were destroyed overnight in a controlled explosion, a British bases spokesman said on Thursday.
Spokesman Kristian Gray told CNA that the destruction of the missiles took place at 1.30am local time following the arrival of experts from the UK, who are continuing their investigations as to the reason the missiles detached during landing.
The runway at RAF Akrotiri was closed on Wednesday, resulting in a suspension of missions over Iraq after the incident. A small area of the bases was also cordoned off while the missiles were being made safe. The runway was reopened later on Thursday morning, Gray said.
The incident raised questions over the safety of the decades-old Tornados and increased the concerns of Akrotiri residents, already suffering, they say with what one called the “unbearable” noise daily as the Tornados take off and land during sorties to battle the Islamic State.