1980 Plesetsk launch pad disaster
The 1980 Plesetsk launch pad disaster was the explosion of a Vostok-2M rocket carrying a Tselina-D satellite during fueling at Site 43 of the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Mirny at 19:01 local time (16:01 GMT) on 18 March 1980, two hours and fifteen minutes before the intended launch time. 44 people were killed in the initial fire and four more soon died in the hospital from burns.
|Date||19:01 MSK (16:01 GMT) 18 March 1980|
|Location||Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43|
|48 dead[lower-alpha 1]|
|87 injured (43 seriously)|