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[b]Aerial search underway for Progress M-12M remains[/b]
Helicopters have been dispatched to Russia's Altai territory in the Siberia region to conduct an aerial search for the wreckage of the Progress M-12M unmanned cargo spacecraft that crashed back to Earth Wednesday after its launch vehicle failed to place it into orbit.
[b]Progress M-12M as it was being prepared for launch.[/b] Credit: RSC Energia
Local authorities told the ITAR-TASS news service that the craft was believed to have fallen near the village of Bizhelbik in the southern Choisk district. Four teams of loggers could have been in the heavily-forested area when the rocket fell.
"According to preliminary reports, four teams of loggers, ten people in all, are in the crash area, as well as citizens who gather pine nuts," the Prosecutor General's Office told ITAR-TASS. "The authorities put the area on alert and banned visits to the forests. They also placed posts on the roads leading to the site of the accident."
Arrangements were also made to evacuate the loggers.
Environmental monitoring specialists are due to arrive in the area to estimate the consequences of the rocket crash.
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