Another deadly accident hits Indian navy

Reports say officer died following gas leak on warship undergoing trials.

    In August, 18 sailors were killed in an explosion inside a submarine [EPA]
    In August, 18 sailors were killed in an explosion inside a submarine [EPA]

    An Indian navy officer has been killed in a gas leak on a warship undergoing trials, the latest in a string of accidents to have hit the fleet in recent months.

    The Indian Express newspaper said the officer was killed on Friday following a malfunction in the carbon dioxide unit of the ship in Mumbai in India's western coast.

    Some reports suggested the officer died after a gas cylinder exploded.

    A spate of accidents over the past seven months have put a question mark over the Indian navy.

    On February 26, the navy chief, Admiral D K Joshi quit after two officers died battling a fire on board the submarine, INS Sindhuratna.

    In August last year, an explosion inside another submarine, INS Sindhurakshak, killed 18 sailors. 

    In 2011, a frigate sank after colliding with a merchant vessel.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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