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.

1980 Plesetsk launch pad disaster
Memorial to victims of the disaster
Date19:01 MSK (16:01 GMT) 18 March 1980
LocationPlesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43
48 dead[lower-alpha 1]
87 injured (43 seriously)

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