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Deputy PM warns against unverified versions of Proton collapse until investigation over

May 29, 2014, 13:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The failure of Proton rocket launch occurred May 16
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MOSCOW, May 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Versions of possible causes of the collapse of the “Proton” rocket should be made public only after an interdepartmental commission, which has been investigating the causes of the rocket collapse on May 16, completes its work, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday.

"The Roscosmos commission which has been investigating the accident should first complete its work and submit the results of the investigation to the government before "tormenting" the society with new versions of the accident," Rogozin said in his entry in the Twitter.

Earlier on Thursday Chairman of the interdepartmental commission, Deputy Director General of TSNIIMASH (research institute of machine building) Alexander Danilyuk said that the commission did not rule out a version of intentional sabotage as a possible cause of the "Proton" collapse.

"All the versions have been thoroughly analyzed. The most probable version is that the accident was a result of a gear failure in the turbopump aggregate. Nevertheless, all the other versions are being thoroughly studied. A version of intentional sabotage has not been ruled out," Danilyuk said.

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