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Sat Aug 10, 2019, 07:42 PM

They Were Thrown Into Sea As It Blew Up: Rosatom Gives Details Of Deadly Nuke-Powered Engine Blast


Published time: 10 Aug, 2019 15:41

The explosion of a secretive isotope-powered missile engine was so powerful that it blew the device into pieces and threw workers off a sea platform, Russian nuclear agency Rosatom said. Searches for the missing went on all day.

Dramatic details of the tragedy that rocked the Arkhangelsk region this week, and that fueled western tabloids with rumors of a new Chernobyl-like disaster, were shared by the state atomic energy corporation on Saturday.

It revealed that the blast, which killed five employees and seriously injured three others, took place on a sea platform and followed a series of trials.

The test of the classified “liquid-propellant engine” went smoothly at first, but then the device caught fire and blew up, Rosatom said.

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https://www.rt.com/russia/466238-russian-rocket-blast-sea-rosatom/

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