Thursday, September 07, 2006

Update:Technical failure to blame for submarine fire - commander

MOSCOW, September 7 (RIA Novosti) - A fire on board a nuclear submarine from Russia's Northern Fleet, which killed two sailors and injured one Wednesday night, was a result of a technical failure, the navy commander said Thursday.
The fire caused an automatic shutdown of the nuclear reactor on board the K-414 Daniil Moskovsky, a Victor III class nuclear-powered submarine, and was quickly extinguished.

"Most probably it was a short circuit [in the electrical compartment]," Russian Navy Commander Vladimir Masorin said.

Masorin said two sailors involved in extinguishing the fire died because they did not put on gas masks immediately. The other sailor was affected by carbon monoxide after his gas mask ran out of oxygen, but his life is out of danger already. (Click here for more.....)


At 11:11 AM, Blogger Vigilis said...

Wednesday night [submarine fire], was a result of a technical failure, the navy commander said.

Technical failure indicates root causes other than outright equipment failure. Was the fire attributable to flawed design or faulty operation? The commander wants us to believe "technical failure" also includes criminal "violations of navigation rules" (see last quote below). Clearly, it does not.

Here are two, key clues from the article esryle linked:
"Masorin said the submarine, commissioned in 1991, missed its repair deadline, but its service life was extended as it was in good condition."

(missed its repair DEADLINE, but its service life was extended)!!!

"Military prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into the incident, looking into possible violations of navigation rules. Investigators are working at the Vidyayevo base."

(criminal investigation)

Submarines are always silent and strange. In this case cover up may explain why.

At 11:57 AM, Blogger jeff said...

Navigation rules? Did he steer himself into a short circuit?


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