The explosion of a secretive isotope-powered missile engine was so powerful that it blew the device into pieces and threw workers off a sea platform, Russian nuclear agency Rosatom said. Searches for the missing went on all day. Dramatic details of the tragedy that rocked the Arkhangelsk region this week, and that fueled western tabloids with rumors of a new Chernobyl-like disaster, were shared by the state atomic energy corporation on Saturday. It revealed that the blast, which killed five employees and seriously injured three others, took place on a sea platform and followed a series of trials. The test of the classified “liquid-propellant engine” went smoothly at first, but then the device caught fire and blew up, Rosatom said. The blast threw several employees into the sea, giving some hope of finding them alive. Water in high latitudes is ice-cold even in summertime, but search attempts lasted the whole day, until hopes faded. Only then were the five operatives declared dead….
Source: Rosatom details of nuke-powered engine blast that killed 5, injured 3 and blasted workers off a sea platfom