Thursday, September 07, 2006

Deadly Fire On Russian Victor-III

Cross-posted from The Stupid Shall Be Punished:

There are several reports out this morning about two Russian submariners being killed aboard the Victor-III boat Daniil Moskovsky (St. Daniel of Moscow), hull number K-414. Reports say the fire that killed the Sailors was in the "electrical equipment" section of the engine room. From one of the articles:
"Our initial information is that the fire broke out in a power distribution panel in compartment No.6," said a spokesman for Russia's Northern Fleet.
"The crew did everything within their power to put out the fire. Two people suffered smoke inhalation from the thick smoke. They were evacuated from the submarine but it was not possible to save their lives."
This article says that the boat has already been towed back to Vidyayevo, which strikes me as pretty fast. Some other articles say the boat was anchored when the fire occurred. I think I'll wait for all the misleading initial reports to get sorted out before I try to figure out if the Russians are lying or not about this.

Of course, Reuters automatically came out with a list of other submarine accidents to compare this one against.

Staying at PD...


At 9:55 AM, Blogger Vigilis said...

The timing of the latest tragedy has to be embarrassing for Admiral Masorin who, only a few days earlier, boasted to the press:

“Our country is still capable of building combat ships without outside assistance and there is no doubt it will be in the future,”
-Navy Commander Vladimir Masorin

At 10:35 AM, Blogger jeff said...

Nice of Al-Reuters to maintain the fiction of a possible collision in the Kursk tragedy.

The only thing it might have collided with were the outgoing chunks of it's own torpedo.


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