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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Missile's Booster Failed

n MOSCOW -- A malfunctioning booster may have caused the explosion that destroyed a new Russian ballistic missile during a trial launch, a news agency said Friday.

Itar-Tass quoted officials from the navy as saying the first stage of the booster could have failed, causing the missile to go out of control. As a result, the onboard computer probably issued a command to blow up the missile, the report said.

The missile exploded late Wednesday during a launch from the Navy's missile testing range at Nepoks in the northern Arkhangelsk region. According to Itar-Tass, it was the third unsuccessful attempt to launch prototypes of the new submarine-based ballistic missile.