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Fact Check: Old Video Of Russian Rocket Crash Falsely Shared As India's Failed Missile Test

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An old and unrelated video of a rocket crash is being shared with a false claim that the video shows an Indian missile crashing. It was an unmanned Proton-M rocket from Russia, which crashed in July 2013. 

In the backdrop of soaring tension between Nepal and India, Nepal's KP Oli government objected to road construction within Indian territory and also introduced its new map that includes disputed areas.

Amid this, a video of a rocket exploding mid-air within seconds of its launch is going viral on social media purportedly showing the failure of India's missile testing. 

A Twitter user name Irmak Idoya shared the video with a caption "Indian missile test is failed. Can this type of Army fight against Nepal?"

The viral post received 14,700 views, 633 retweets, and 1,900 likes at the time of writing this article.

Fact Check

In our investigation, we found that the viral claim is false. The incident has no connection with India and the video is of a Russian rocket that crashed in 2013.

We found the video uploaded on YouTube by The Telegraph in 2013. The description reads: "A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying three navigation satellites crashes soon after takeoff from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome". The Spectacular footage showed the rocket veering off its trajectory just seconds after its launch at 0638 am (0238 GMT), before erupting into a ball of flames and releasing highly toxic rocket fuel into the air. The Russian space agency Roskosmos said the accident caused no damage or casualties.

According to a news report of Russia Today published on July 2, 2013, a Russian Proton-M rocket carrying three GLONASS navigation satellites crashed soon after its takeoff from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome. Seventeen seconds after takeoff, the rocket swerved to one side, tried to correct itself, but instead veered in the opposite direction. It then flew horizontally and started to come apart with its engines in full thrust.

In conclusion, an old and unrelated video of a rocket crash is being shared with a false claim that the video shows an Indian missile crashing. It was an unmanned Proton-M rocket from Russia, which crashed in July 2013. 

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