Major fire injures 10 on Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov during pier-side repairs

Major fire injures 10 on Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov during pier-side repairs
General Khalifa Haftar tours RFS Admiral Kuznetsov in Jan 2017, off the Libyan coast. (Image: LNA via Southfront)

[Ed. – That’s going to set them back.  Kuznetsov‘s overhaul in the Northern Fleet has been going on for quite a while, and will now almost certainly miss its scheduled completion date in 2020.]

Russia’s only aircraft carrier, which has regularly been described as the worst in the world, burst into flames on Thursday while undergoing repairs.

10 people are injured, three are unaccounted for, and six were saved from the Admiral Kuznetsov, which was at port in Murmansk, according to reports from Russian state news agencies TASS and Interfax.

“Ten people were injured: they were mostly poisoned by combustion products,” a source told TASS. Six people are in intensive care.

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TASS reported that the fire started in the engine room on the second deck, then has spread to the size of 120 square meters.

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