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Russian spacecraft launch in Kazakhstan causes wildfire, 1 dead
Central Asia | incidents | 10:16, 15 June 2017 | 644

AKIPRESS.COM - baikonurOne man has died from burns in a wildfire caused by a discarded part of the Russian booster rocket launched on June 14 from the Baikonur cosmodrome, emergency situations committee of Kazakhstan said.

Another man, who along with the dead man had been collecting the rocket debris on the steppe in central Kazakhstan, has been hospitalized after also suffering burns, the committee said.

An uncrewed Russian Progress cargo ship blasted off towards the International Space Station on Wednesday, Reuters reported. During the launch, parts - or stages - of the booster rocket separate and fall, with some landing in Kazakhstan, where Baikonur itself is located.

Russia leases the launch facility from the Central Asian ex-Soviet republic.

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