Rus­sian nuke com­pany test ac­ci­dent kills 5, in­jures 3

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The Rus­sian state nu­clear com­pany Rosatom said Satur­day that five of its em­ploy­ees had been killed dur­ing tests on a liq­uid-pro­pel­lant sys­tem at a mil­i­tary site in the coun­try’s north­west­ern Arkhangels­k re­gion.

Three staff mem­bers were in­jured and suf­fered se­ri­ous burns, Rosatom said in a press re­lease, adding that all vic­tims had been taken to a spe­cial­ized med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion and pro­vided with nec­es­sary med­i­cal care.

“The tragedy oc­curred dur­ing the pe­riod of work re­lated to the en­gi­neer­ing and tech­ni­cal sup­port of iso­topic power sources in the liq­uid-pro­pel­lant sys­tem,” it said.

The tests were held on an off­shore plat­form on the White Sea, and af­ter the tests were com­pleted, the rocket fuel ex­ploded, Sput­nik news agency re­ported, cit­ing Rosatom’s press ser­vice.

The Rus­sian De­fense Min­istry said on Thurs­day that two peo­ple had been killed and six others in­jured in an ex­plo­sion of a liq­uid-pro­pel­lant sys­tem at a mil­i­tary test site in the Arkhangels­k re­gion.

An ex­pert from Moscow’s In­sti­tute for Nu­clear Re­search, Boris Zhuikov, told RBK in­de­pen­dent news site that iso­tope power sources are not nor­mally dan­ger­ous for peo­ple work­ing with them. Xin­hua – AFP

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