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Updated: February 26, 2010 02:54 IST

Missile falls in civilian area in Chirala of Andhra Pradesh

  • K. Srinivas Reddy
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The unexploded Surface to Air Missile (SAM) which fell in a civilian area in Chirala town of Prakasam district on Thursday night. The Pechora missile was test fired from an Indian Air Force Station in Suryalanka in Andhra Pradesh. Photo: Srinivas Kommuri
The Hindu
The unexploded Surface to Air Missile (SAM) which fell in a civilian area in Chirala town of Prakasam district on Thursday night. The Pechora missile was test fired from an Indian Air Force Station in Suryalanka in Andhra Pradesh. Photo: Srinivas Kommuri

A missile which could have been test fired by the Indian Air Force from its Suryalanka Air Force Station fell in a civilian area in the Chirala town of Prakasam district on Thursday night.

No one was injured as the missile did not explode.

The four-foot-long missile had four directional fins. It fell near the railway track adjacent to the compound of the Indian Leaf Tobacco Division (ILTD) of the ITC. The location where the missile fell is surrounded by houses.

Chirala circle inspector Ramakoteshwara Rao told The Hindu: “The diameter is as big as the steering of a jeep. We do not know whether it has got explosives, but it seemed to have burned. It’s very hot”, Mr. Rao said.

Police could only conjecture that the missile could have been fired from the Suryalanka station. There was no official confirmation from the Air Force authorities.

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