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[i]Russian Buran historian Vadim Lukashevich reports that BTS-002, the Buran model used for approach and landing tests in the 1980s, left Bahrain on March 4 and is now on its way to its final destination, the Technik Museum Speyer in Germany.
The vehicle reportedly had a close call as it was being lowered to the deck of the ship used for the transport. One of the hooks holding BTS-002 gave way when the vehicle was still suspended two meters above the deck, with the aft fuselage hitting the quay wall in the process. However, BTS-002 does not appear to have suffered any major structural damage.
Museum officials are expected to hold a news conference on the transport early next week.[/i]
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