On this date…Soyuz T-10-1

On September 26th 1983 the Launch Abort System on the Soyuz was put to the test on a real launch. The Soyuz T-10-1 was poised for a launch to send the crew to Salyut 7 space station then suddenly at T-90 fuel spilled from the base of the rocket and caught on fire. The crew immediately activated the abort system but nothing happened because the cables had already burned through. About 20 seconds later ,as the rocket was engulfed in flames, Launch Control was able to remotely activate by radio command and the crew were blasted to safety. Two seconds after the abort system activated and accelerated the crew away the booster exploded.The crew landed safely but badly bruised about 4 km away.

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