Russian rocket carrying telecoms satellite crashes

An unmanned Russian space rocket carrying a Japanese satellite crashed on Thursday after blasting off from a launch pad in Kazakhstan, the Emergencies Ministry said.

Russian rocket carrying telecoms satellite crashes

An unmanned Russian space rocket carrying a Japanese satellite crashed on Thursday after blasting off from a launch pad in Kazakhstan, the Emergencies Ministry said.


The Proton-M booster with the Japanese JCSAT-11 communications satellite on board crashed into open countryside after lifting off from the Baikonur cosmodrome, it said.

No one was injured.

"The tentative place of the crash is 40 km (25 miles) to the south-west of the city of Zhezkazgan," the ministry said in a statement, referring to an industrial town in the centre of the Central Asian state.

It said the accident was caused by an engine malfunction. Officials at Baikonur, rented by Russia from Kazakhstan, were investigating the accident.

The main Russian control centre near Moscow could not be immediately reached for comment.

The last crash of a Proton rocket, a type in use since 1965, occurred at Baikonur in 1999.

Reuters

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