India confirms deadly sub blast
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian navy submarine crippled by an explosion and fire that killed some of the 18 sailors aboard today had been damaged in another deadly blast in 2010, and had been brought back into service only about six months ago.
The latest explosion sent a huge fireball into the air and sent nearby sailors jumping into the sea in panic.
It is shaping up to be another embarrassment for India’s military, which has been hit with a corruption scandal as it races to modernize its forces.
Defense Minister A.K. Antony said some sailors were killed but gave no other details.
“It’s a loss to all of us. It’s a tragedy,” Antony told reporters in New Delhi before leaving for Mumbai to assess the situation.
A local TV news station, Headlines Today, showed video of the explosion on the diesel-powered submarine, apparently filmed by a bystander. An enormous ball of red and yellow fire rose hundreds of feet into the air.