Eight feared dead in Baikonur hangar collapse
Posted: May 16, 2002
Sergei Gorbunov, a spokesman for the Russian space agency, told RTR state television it was unlikely any of the men survived.
By early Monday, six bodies had already been recovered from the wreckage, according to ITAR-TASS news reports.
A safety engineer who was responsible for overseeing security for repair work died of heart failure after the accident, Radio Russia reports. Aleksandr Kostyshev was the deputy chief engineer of the unit of the Progress assembly and test building,
Also damaged or destroyed in the accident was one of the three mothballed Buran space shuttles. The former Soviet Union abandoned the Buran program after a single successful flight in 1988.
The damaged hanger originally was built in the late 1960s for the ill-fated Soviet moon program and was later modified to handle the Energia booster and the Buran shuttle.
Starsem officials could not be reached for comment. An Interfax news agency report said the chamber and workstation were not damaged but obviously could no longer be used in Building 112. The affect on Starsem's launch schedule was not immediately known.
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