98-08-11

August 11, 1998

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Titan Explodes in Flight

Air Force Space Command News Service

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR STATION, Fla. (AFSPCNS) -- A Titan IVA space launch vehicle began to self-destruct today approximately 42 seconds into powered flight.

Approximately 2 seconds afterward, U.S. Air Force range safety officials sent destruct signals to further break up the rocket and mitigate possible damage from falling debris.

There are no known reports of injuries or deaths. The extent of property damage is unknown at this time.

A board will convene to investigate the cause of the accident.

The rocket was launched at 7:30 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 41.

More information will be provided as soon as it becomes available. (Courtesy, 45th Space Wing Public Affairs)