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Monday, 30 March, 1998, 19:01 GMT 20:01 UK
Gagarin death investigator says no cover-up

One of the officials who looked into the death thirty years ago of the first man in space, the Soviet astronaut, Yuri Gagarin, has denied allegations that there was a cover-up.

At a news conference following the anniversary of the death in an air crash of Gagarin -- who worked as a test pilot -- and his assistant, the former investigator, Stepan Mikoyan, reiterated that their aircraft went into a spin at low altitude, and hit the ground.

He strongly denied suggestions that the aircraft had been sabotaged, or that Gagarin was under the influence of alcohol.

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