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Explosion on Indian Navy aircraft carrier kills one, injures nine

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 2, 2019
A blast in a steam pipe in the engine room of Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya caused a fire that claimed the life of a naval officer on April 26 at the Kadamba naval base in Goa, western India.
INS Vikramaditya
Asia   INS Vikramaditya
Nine others were injured in the incident.

The blast damaged a fuel pipe causing the fire in the carrier’s engine room.

Lieutenant Commander Dharmendra Singh Chauhan (30) was hit by a jet of hot steam when he went into the smoke-filled room to fight the fire, local sources said.

As soon as the fire was noticed in the fuel pipe, the fire-fighting crew immediately cut the fuel supply, preventing any further damage.

The sprinklers in the engine room were also automatically activated and the fire was brought under control.

There were 1,300 men on board the carrier when the incident occurred, the sources added.

The fire broke out on Deck 3 of the vessel and damaged two compartments.

The vessel has 21 decks and a thorough check has been ordered to prevent such incidents.

Six of the nine injured Navy personnel who are being treated at the Naval Hospital in Karwar are said to be recovering.