The fire safety system on a brand-new Russian nuclear submarine accidentally turned on as the sub was being tested in the Sea of Japan, spewing chemicals that suffocated 20 people and sent 21 others to the hospital, officials said Sunday.
By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer
Thesaid the submarine itself was not damaged in Saturday’s accident and returned to its base on Russia’s Pacific coast under its own power Sunday. The accident also did not pose any radiation danger, the navy said.
Yet it was Russia‘s worst naval accident since torpedo explosions sank another nuclear-powered submarine, the Kursk, in the Barents Sea in 2000, killing all 118 seamen aboard.
NTV video grab shows a nuclear submarine being manouvered at a Russian naval base in Bolshoi Kamen.(AFP/NTV/Ntv)
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