Visakhapatnam: Nuclear submarine accident kills 1
A day after a naval officer was killed on Friday in a gas leak on board India's most advanced destroyer ship, one civilian worker was killed and two others were injured on Saturday in an accident at the under-construction nuclear submarine at the shipbuilding centre of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in Visakhapatnam.
The accident reportedly took place on the Aridaman project, the follow on boat of INS Arihant, at the ship building centre in Visakhapatnam while pressure tests were being carried out.
The worker, who lost his life in the accident, was a civilian sub-contractor and was part of the construction crew.
"The accident took place when the hull was being pressure tested and one of the hatches flew apart," The Indian Express reported quoting source.
An enquiry has been ordered to probe the accident.
The strategic submarine is being constructed at the Eastern Naval Command.
This comes just a day after a naval officer was killed on Friday in a gas leak on board India's most advanced destroyer ship, the INS Kolkata, while the vessel is under construction at Mumbai's Mazgaon dockyard.
The officer, Commander Kuntal Wadhwa, died after a malfunction in the ship's carbon dioxide unit, which caused gas to leak during machinery trials.
On Feb 26, at least two sailors died and seven other Navy personnel were injured in a mishap inside the INS Sindhuratna, a Kilo-class submarine, off the Mumbai coast.
In August last year, at least 18 Navy personnel were killed in a fire onboard INS Sindhurakshak submarine that sank after an explosion.
(Posted on 09-03-2014)