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A Fire Kills 14 Crew Members Onboard Russian Navy Sub

A Fire Kills 14 Crew Members Onboard Russian Navy Sub

Russian Defense Minister commenting on submarine accident

Russia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday that 14 submariners were  poisoned by fumes and died after a fire broke out aboard a navy deep  water research vessel. The fire began while the crew was surveying the  seabed in Russian territorial waters on Monday.

NPR’s Lucian  Kim reports Russian President Vladimir Putin has dispatched the defense  minister to lead the investigation of the accident.

Putin described the stricken vessel as “an unusual submarine” and said seven of those killed were high-ranking naval officers.

Some  Russian media outlets, citing military sources, said it was a secret  nuclear-powered submersible that can operate thousands of feet deeper  than regular submarines.

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