Andrei Krivorukov Narrowly Escapes Death When Satellite Crashes Through His Roof

Posted Dec 27, 2011

[Daily Mail]

Andrei Krivorukov’s life was saved when he went outside to collect firewood. When he went outside, a titanium ball from a Russian communication satellite crashed through his house. The Russian satellite that crashed through his house was a Meridian, which is used for military communications. The satellite was destroyed when a Soyuz-2 rocket exploded in midair after launching from the Russian spaceport, the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

The explosion sent fragments of satellite near the city of Tobolsk in Siberia all the way up to Novosibirsk, a city that is about 62 miles from the city. Krivorukov was standing where the fragments crashed through his roof only a few minutes before it happened.

Ever since the Soyuz was first launched in the 1960s, it only had one failure and one partial failure. Its first flight was in 1966. Fortunately the town council will be paying for the repairs.