Russian Cruise Missile Flies Off Target and Smashes Into Apartment Block Near Base

December 15, 2015 Updated: December 15, 2015

A Russian cruise missile hit near a village in the northwestern portion of the country but no casualties were inflicted, the Russian Defense Ministry said. A piece of the missile hit an apartment complex.

In a statement, the ministry said the missile fell near the village of Nyonoksa on the White Sea coast in the Arkhangelsk region. The ministry said it “deviated from its designated flight path” due to a problem that was not disclosed.

The missile was being tested by missile manufacturing company NPO Mashinostroyeniye, which did not issue a comment about the failed launch.

The village near where the missile landed is close to the Russian naval base, Severodvinsk. It was fired from a defense ministry test-range, the BBC reported.

Nyonoksa, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia (Google Maps)
Nyonoksa, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia (Google Maps)


Russian investigators are on the scene following the impact.

The BBC reported that four apartments and a building’s roof was damaged. The Tass news agency also reported the missile hit a three-story building, damaging its roof, a few apartments and causing a fire, reported The Associated Press.

“On December 15, a test launch of a cruise missile was carried out by industry experts [JSC Mashinostroyenia] at a Russian Defense Ministry proving ground in Arkhangelsk region. Following the launch, the missile deviated from the set trajectory and fell near the settlement of Nenoksa,” the ministry stated, per Sputnik News.

The defense ministry didn’t say what kind of missile it was.

The test comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met one another at the Kremlin to begin talks to halt the Syrian civil war.

“Together, we’re looking for ways out of the most urgent crises,” Putin reportedly told Kerry.