Indian Navy official dies in fire onboard aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya

Source:Xinhua Published: 2019/4/26 21:05:38

An Indian Navy (IN) officer died onboard "INS Vikramaditya," the country's only aircraft carrier, when a fire broke out inside it on Friday, confirmed IN sources.

The naval officer was identified as Lieutenant Commander D.S. Chauhan.

The incident occurred when the ship was entering harbour in Karwar, a port city in the southern state of Karnataka.

The fire was brought under control by the ship's crew in a swift action, preventing any serious damage affecting the ship's combat capability, added the official sources.

"Whilst the fire was brought under control, the officer suffered loss of consciousness owing to the smoke and fumes during the firefighting efforts. He was immediately evacuated to the Naval Hospital for medical attention. However, the officer could not be revived," said an official statement issued by the Indian Navy.

A Board of Inquiry to investigate in to the circumstances of the incident has been ordered, added the statement.

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