Shrapnel from a Soyuz rocket caused the tragedy. Death of Kazakh driver in fire
One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a fire that resulted from fragments of an Alliance 2 rocket falling to Earth.1a. A rocket carried a ship with supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) into space.
Zarówno person whoóra sustained death, as well as the injured person currently in the hospital worked in a group engaged in clearing the area of shrapnelóin the missiles. They were employed by the NPO Mashinostroyeniya company, whichóra oversees the maintenance of rainfall zones and is not affiliated with Roskosmos.
After the launch of the Alliance 2 missile.1a of the Baikonur cosmodrome, whichóra carried into low Earth orbit the Progress MS-06z spacecraft with supplies for the ISS, one of the shrapnelów fell on the Kazakh steppe near the city of Zhezkazgan. Admittedly, the debris fell in the predicted precipitation zone, but the difficult weather conditions – The drought, heat and strong wind gusts – caused the origin and spread of the fire.
Part of the cleanup team was in the area of the raging fire. Unhappily, the fire reached róalso the weight ofówka, którer moved, as a result of which the tragedy occurred. „According to available information, the driver of the weightóof Kamaz brand vehicles, an employee of NPO Mashinostroyeniya, died while putting out the fire. His vehicle was engulfed in flames after a strong gust of wind” –reads a communiqué from the Russian agency TASS.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the cosmodrome in Kazakhstan was leased to the Russians. Fire and the death of dwóch of Kazakh citizens sparked criticism in the Kazakh media. „The Russians are launching their missiles, and our people are running on their own land and cleaning up after them. This is ridiculous”, „It would be better if the debris fell on the Kremlin” – is only someóre comments circulating on social media, whichóre quotes BBC.
Russia has been building a new cosmodrome since 2010 – Vostochnyi. It will be used by the Russians to send the cargoóin commercial and shipóIn manned. New spaceport to be put into operation next year.
SourceóSource: Motherboard, TASS, BBC, fot. CC BY-NC 2.0/Roskosmos/Flickr