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A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying three navigation satellites crashed soon after takeoff from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome Tuesday morning.
Immediately after takeoff, the rocket swerved to one side, tried to correct itself, but instead veered in the opposite direction.
The rocket flew horizontally before plummeting back to the launch site, with its engines in full thrust.
There are no immediate reports of casualties.
The emergency ministry of Kazakhstan is considering evacuating the surrounding areas as nuclear fuel which leaked from the rocket could pose a threat to the surrounding area.
Experts point to engine failure as the likely cause of the crash.
“It’s either the control system or the engine that has caused the accident. If the accident occurred in the first 10 to 20 seconds, than the engine is likely to be the cause,” a source in the space agency told RIA.