Fire on board INS Vikramaditya kills Indian Naval officer: Accident took place when aircraft carrier was entering Karwar harbour

FP Staff
The fire was reported on board INS Vikramaditya when it was entering the harbour in Karwar in Karnataka.

An Indian Navy officer died on Friday in a fire that was reported on board aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The officer who lost his life has been identified as Lt Cdr DS Chauhan.

The fire was reported on board INS Vikramaditya when it was entering the harbour in Karwar in Karnataka.

An official release said, "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 at Karwar, INHS Patanjali for medical attention. However, the officer could not be revived.

Authorities have constituted a board of inquiry to investigate the circumstances of the incident.

In 2014, former navy chief Admiral DK Joshi had resigned from his post after a string of operational incidents. In 2013, a dockside blast in Mumbai had killed all 18 aboard a submarine, raising concerns over India's ageing fleet and crew training.

A Board of Inquiry to investigate the circumstances of the incident has been ordered.

With inputs from agencies

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