Rus­sia opens crim­i­nal probe

Observer on Saturday - - News -

MOSCOW - Rus­sian in­ves­ti­ga­tors said they had opened a crim­i­nal probe into a failed rocket launch that caused a two-man crew to mak e an emer­gency land­ing shortly af­ter blast-off to the ISS on Thurs­day. "An in­ves­tiga­tive group has been­formedand­of­fi­cial­sare­cur­rent­lyex­am­in­ing the launch site, doc­u­ments are be­ing seized," the In­ves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee said in a state­ment. The probe would seek to de­ter­mine whether safety reg­u­la­tions had been vi­o­lated dur­ing con­struc­tion, lead­ing to mas­sive dam­age, the state­ment said. US as­tro­naut Nick Hague and Rus­sian cos­mo­naut Aleksey Ov­chinin were res­cued with­out in­juries in Kaza­khstan fol­low­ing the emer­gency land­ing ear­lier Thurs­day.

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