Scorched, runaway Chinese missile debris found on LAND – and it could happen again

Massive charred chunks of metal believed to have come from a crashed rocket owned by China have been found on land just meters from people’s homes.

The runaway Chinese launch vehicle sped back to Earth on Saturday, and now suspicious bits are emerging across Southeast Asia.

Suspected debris from China's crashed rocket found near the village of Pengadang in Indonesia


Suspected debris from China’s crashed rocket found near the village of Pengadang in IndonesiaPhoto credit: Instagram

People have found unconfirmed debris in Kalimantan, Indonesia and Sawarak, Malaysia.

Miraculously, there were no reports of casualties or property damage.

But experts say it got so close to villages that if it fell a few hundred yards either way, it “could have been a different story.”

Unconfirmed images believed to be of the missile have surfaced on local media and social media.

It comes after China’s Long March 5B unmanned rocket lost control shortly after launch last month.

The 20-ton core stage was jettisoned during a mission to deliver a new module to the country’s Tiangong space station, currently under construction.

It’s the third time in as many years that the Chinese space agency has allowed a potentially fatal uncontrolled descent.

And there could be more to come.

Another module is heading towards the space station in the coming months, meaning more uncontrolled debris could rain down.

Scientists had hoped the latest rocket would break apart on entry, with only smaller pieces of debris reaching Earth or even splashing into the ocean.

Launches performed by Nasa, SpaceX and Russia’s Roscosmos dispose of their rocket upper stages through controlled re-entry.

The garbage will be vented into Earth’s atmosphere to ensure it decays over an uninhabited, remote region of the Pacific Ocean.

However, China’s giant Long March 5B rocket is unable to perform controlled re-entry – a process that requires the booster to restart its engines after completing its main mission.

“Significant debris falls in Kalimantan, Indonesia and Sawarak, Malaysia (both on Borneo),” he said dr Jonathan McDowellan astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

“No casualties or property damage were reported but debris is near villages and a few hundred yards either way could have been a different story.”

China has been criticized for allowing the rocket to return to Earth in this way.

Nasa chief Bill Nelson said on Saturday: “All spacefaring nations should follow established best practices and do their part in sharing this type of information in advance to enable reliable predictions of the potential risk of debris impact, especially for heavy-duty vehicles such as the Long March 5B, which pose a significant risk of loss of life and property.”

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