Fire on Indian Navy's largest ship kills 3

The fire broke out near the engine of INS Magar, off the Vishakhapatnam coast in Bay of Bengal.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 15:35 IST

Three Naval personnel were killed and 19 were injured in a major fire that broke out on INS Magar,the Navy's largest landing ship,as it was dumping live expired missiles off Vishakhapatnam coastinto the Bay of Bengal.

A Navy spokesman said the fire, which broke out near the engine of the warship, was controlled by Coast Guard and Naval ships after battling for over an hour and a half.

The warship was reaching the end of operations to dump explosives when one of the remaining four to five missile boxes went off.

The injured sailors have been rushed to Naval hospital in Kalyani where condition of three was stated to be serious.

The Navy spokesman said the three personnel killed were yet to be identified and a Board of Inquiry has been instituted to probe the cause of fire.

The extent of thedamage of the warship, which used for landing troops in sea-borne assault, was being ascertained.

The major Naval tragedy has occurred weeks after Navy conducted its first ever Presidential Fleet Review in the east coast off Vizag.

INS Magar is one of the ships that had participated in the Presidential Fleet Review.

First Published: Feb 23, 2006 12:06 IST