Indian Submarine Accident
Two officers were feared killed and seven sailors injured when a fire erupted on board a submarine, INS Sindhuratna, around 40 nautical miles off Mumbai in the early hours of Wednesday.India has suffered serious problems with its underwater vessels. Last August, eighteen crewmen died from a series of explosions aboard INS Sindhurakshak, a Russian Kilo-class submarine like INS Sindhuratna.
The Navy said the two officers, a lieutenant commander and a lieutenant, both from the electrical branch, were "still to be accounted for". The seven sailors were airlifted by Sea King helicopters to INS Ashwini hospital in Colaba. "The sailors fell unconscious on inhaling the heavy smoke engulfing the submarine's third compartment. They are now stable," said an officer.
An upset defence ministry sought a detailed report from the Navy since this is the second major accident in the country's ageing submarine fleet in the last six months, which has further dented India's underwater combat arm.