14 Russian sailors killed in fire on nuclear submarine
The incident took place on the AS-12 deep-sea nuclear submarine nicknamed Losharik, an unnamed source in the security forces told the RBC news website. Launched in 2003, Losharik was designed for research, rescue and special military operations and can hold up to 25 crew members.
The fire broke out at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, RBC cited its source as saying, nearly a day before the ministry released the news.
"On July 1 in Russian territorial waters a fire broke out on board a deep-water scientific research vessel that was studying the marine environment of the world ocean on behalf of the Russian navy," Interfax cited a ministry statement as saying.
"Fourteen submariners died as the result of smoke inhalation ... Work is underway to establish the cause of the incident. The investigation is being conducted by the commander-in-chief of the navy." ■