MOSCOW — Russian emergencies workers are combing the mountains near the border with Mongolia for the debris of a cargo spaceship that crashed minutes after its launch. The spacecraft was carrying 2.6 tons of food, fuel and supplies.

The Emergencies Ministry’s branch in the republic of Tuva said Friday it’s using drones to search for fragments of the unmanned Progress MS-04 craft that crashed Thursday less than 7 minutes after its launch from Russia’s space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. There has been no indication of any damage in the sparsely populated area.

The cargo included 635 kilograms of propellant, 50 kilograms of oxygen, 420 kilograms of water, and 1250 kilograms of spare parts, supplies and scientific experiment hardware.

Russian space officials haven’t yet identified the reason for the crash, but believe it was caused by the failure of the Soyuz-U booster rocket’s third stage engine.

It was the third failed Progress launch since 2011.

With files from National Post Wire Services


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