Post by ngatimozart on Aug 14, 2013 22:37:42 GMT 12
An Indian Navy Kilo class diesel has sunk after a powerful internal explosion. The explosion occurred on INS Sindhurakshak whilst tied up alongside at the Mumbai Naval Base. At the moment it is feared that 18 crew have been killed. All of the missing crew were below decks at the time of the explosion and may have no way of escape. This particular submarine doesn't have escape compartments. It is thought that the cause of this explosion may have been the build up of hydrogen gas within the battery compartment. The vessels batteries were being charged at the time of the explosion. In 2010 this same submarine had an explosion in the battery compartment due to hydrogen gas build, up killing one sailor.