Chinese Long March Rocket Veers Off Course, Explodes Over Village

Chinese Long March Rocket Veers Off Course, Explodes Over Village

Long March Rockets (or Changzheng Rockets), named after an 8,000 miles long military retreat started in late 1934 by the Red Army of the Communist Party of China that began Mao Zedong’s ascent to power, are Chinese rockets used for launching satellites into Earth orbit.

On February 14, 1996, the Long March 3B rocket carrying the US built Intelsat 708 satellite veered severely off course immediately after launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center and exploded over a village, wiping much of it out. Incredibly, according to the Chinese government’s official news agency Xinhua, only 6 people died and 57 were injured by the explosion thanks to most villagers having climbed surrounding hills to watch the launch from there.

43 thoughts on “Chinese Long March Rocket Veers Off Course, Explodes Over Village

  1. Hahaha hiding their failures just like the bullet train accident they bury the wreck train with some uncovered bodies in the accident site.

  2. That audio sounds demonic…

    American technology only plays nice with Red White & Blue. Not just Red. Sorry, commies. :)

    I hope they at least had a happy Valentine’s Day! I’m sure any Red blood meant something to them…

  3. I think the chinks found out, that it was actually a US spy satellite, nice sabotage, and the destroyed village is no loss at all, by the amount of slaves they´ll reconstruct it in 5min. Even if there was a nuclear warhead on the rocket and it´d land in Beijing, no fucking problem, give them 1day. Thats why a nuclear war with China is senseless.

    Plus it´d funny, if it this would happen with the Donfeng 21 D anti aircraft carrier rocket, that thing is nasty.
    I´ve read somewhere, that a Chinese song class submarine suddenly surfaced near the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk supercarrier during a military exercise in the Pacific.
    I´d have loved to see their red heads!

      • True, but when the chinese radar and satellite interference maneuver succeeds and the missile impacts, then its a huge problem, besides a nuclear attack on a carrier.

      • Elaborate on how it is a “terrible flaw” please. The only other options are aircraft, surface warship, and submarine. Aircraft and surface warships have considerably higher maintenance costs compared to ground launchers and are more difficult to conceal. Submarines, while stealthy, are also expensive.

  4. Seems like a lot of damage for one rocket. I wonder what it was carrying. Also it seems like the self destruct function was activated.

  5. There is a document somewhere on youtube dedicated to this whole fuckup. Official chinese media reports stated that there was just a small number of casualties, but there was some sort of contractor (i think he was originally from europe) who worked nearby and who actually went to the village to record video of the damage there. Found big parts cordoned off by the military and fuckload of damage that pretty much meant there must have been many times more victims then media claimed. (no surprise there) — or maybe it’s diferent launch mishap. (also no surprise there, china had many of those)

  6. China; just carrying on with massive explosions in firework production factories, but on a singularly grander scale.

    I trust the US had their satellite insured; if it was the British government, they probably would have forgotten to take out a policy.

  7. It is reasons like this that all my windows consist of mosquito nets and wood blinds. Haha no they are glass but I may change that someday. Have mercy on anyone standing in front of a window when that rocket gave up

  8. the chinese thinks they know it all well they do however know how too wipe out there own kind unless that was a small town setup for testing if this was a long range missile like it was suppose too be then why did it fall short 2.000 feet away. XD

  9. Every Chinese made rocket should come with prepaid caskets and obituaries, you know, just in case the rocket suddenly explodes over a village.
    But then again, it is China, and I am sure the Chinese government could care less about the villagers.

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