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War Thunder developer Gaijin Entertainment has issued an apology after it was noticed that imagery used in a new piece of key art almost perfectly lines up with the distinct debris trail from the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster, which resulted in the deaths of the seven crew members onboard.

As reported by Eurogamer, eagle-eyed members of the War Thunder community (who, famously, keep leaking top-secret military tech) were quick to notice the almost exact depiction of the Challenger's distinctive debris field in a piece of key art for the upcoming Seek and Destroy update. The Challenger shuttle broke apart some 70 seconds after launch, with the incident being broadcast on live TV, and marks the first time an American space flight recorded any fatalities.

The mix-up appears to be a simple, unfortunate mistake, and a representative for Gaijin Entertainment apologised for the regrettable snafu on the game's official forums: "Please accept our sincere apologies for this. The picture was part of an aerial explosion reference pack used by our artists, and the context was lost. We'll be altering this artwork as soon as we can and will take measures to ensure that this doesn't repeat again in the future."

Are you surprised to see such an infamous explosion appear in video game key art, or are we just showing our age again? Let us know in the comments section below.

[source reddit.com, via eurogamer.net]