Russian cruise missile goes awry

Russian test missile goes awry following test launch, lands in Nyonoksa village, no casualties reported

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Russian navy ships launching cruise missiles at targets in Syria on November 20, 2015

Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday that a Russian cruise missile went awry after a test launch on Tuesday and landed near a village in northwestern Russia without any casualties.

The Associated Press reported that local media said that the missile had hit a three-story building in Nyonoksa, damaging its roof and several apartments in the vicinity and caused a fire.

The ministry, citing news from Russian media stated that the missile inflicted no damage when it fell near the village of Nyonoksa on the White Sea coast in the Arkhangelsk region, 40 km west of the Severodvinsk naval base.

The ministry said that the missile "deviated from its designated flight path" due to an unidentified technical problem, as it was being tested by NPO Mashinostroyeniya, a rocket design company based in Reutov, Russia.

The company, has not released any information about the astray cruise missile, but the ministry stated that experts were looking into the reasons over the failed missile, without releasing further information.

“Experts from NPO Mashinostroyeniya conducted a test launch of a cruise missile. As a result of an emergency situation the missile deviated from the flight plan and fell not far from the village of Nyonoksa, located in the Arkhangelsk region. A special committee is currently looking into the matter,” the ministry said.

The botched launch was fired from the Caspian Sea where Russia has been launching its cruise missiles from -some 1,500 km away from targets in Syria.

Human right activist have been protesting Russia over striking civilians in Syria instead of hitting DAESH terrorist group targets.

The United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) recently released a report that the death toll from September 30 until November 20, 403 civilians have been killed by Russian air strikes, with 97 of them being children.

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