Chinese rocket engine? Unidentified object falls from sky in Myanmar
A large cylindrical object, believed to be part of a Chinese space rocket, fell from the sky and landed on a jade mine in the state of Kachin, Myanmar. The object reportedly bounced 50m in the air before coming to a rest.
“Every local thought it was the explosion of heavy artillery,” villager Ko Maung Myo told the Myanmar Times. The object, measuring 3.7m by 1.2m, reportedly made a sound similar to a large explosion when it hit the ground, sending locals into a panic.
It landed near two tents housing sleeping miners but no injuries were reported.
“Initially, we thought it was a battle. The explosion made our houses shake. We saw the smoke from our village.” villager Daw Ma Kyi told the Times.
Nov 10, 5pm, attached object fell off of the sky at Tin Aung Kyaing mining lot in Hpakant Jade tract. pic.twitter.com/mdMr2fq5rD— FreeKachin (@FreeKachin) 10 ноября 2016 г.
A second piece of debris with Chinese writing on it fell through the roof of a nearby house, prompting speculation that the object’s origins lie in China. “I think it was an engine because I found a diode and many copper wires at the tail of the body,” Myo said.
URGENT: Fire at warehouse on premises of space rocket center in Samara, Russia https://t.co/n6hhgFdkXk— RT (@RT_com) October 18, 2016
The Long March 11, a Chinese rocket, was launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center earlier this week. Parts of the rocket were jettisoned during its launch.
A former executive engineer of the Department of Civil Aviation examined images of the object found in Kachin and concluded it could be a rocket booster from a space mission.