8 Aug 2019 19:40

Two killed, 6 injured in explosion at military testing range in Arkhangelsk region - Russian Defense Ministry

MOSCOW. Aug 8 (Interfax) - Two people were killed and another six were injured in an explosion of a jet engine at a military testing range in the Arkhangelsk region, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"Two specialists have died of their injuries," it said.

"Six representatives of the Defense Ministry and the developer have sustained various injuries as a result of the accident," the ministry said.

"There have been no harmful discharges into the atmosphere, and radiation levels are normal," the ministry said.

"All those injured were promptly hospitalized and received first aid," it said.

The incident had taken place in the Nyonoxa administrative district where the Russian Navy has a testing range (in Sopka village), sources told Interfax earlier.

The explosion occurred during the testing of a ship-borne missile engine currently in service of the navy, a defense ministry source told the Vedomosti newspaper.

It was reported that during its testing in Sopka on December 15, 2015, a cruise missile fell on a house. Four flats were destroyed, the media said. The Defense Ministry said at the time that the missile had deviated from the set trajectory and fell near the Nyonoxa village. "The incident caused no damage or casualties," the ministry said.