A Russian navy submarine propelled by nuclear power was heading back to port during a test run in the Sea of Japan when the fire-extinguishing system was accidentally activated near the sub’s bow, killing over 20 people and injuring at least 21 others aboard.

AP via Google News:

It was unclear what activated the fire-extinguishing system or how the victims were killed. RIA-Novosti cited an unnamed shipbuilding expert as saying fire systems on Russia’s nuclear-powered submarines usually use foam and chemicals.

According to RIA-Novosti, testing on the submarine began last month and it submerged for the first time last week.

First Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Kolmakov and navy chief Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky were heading for Russia’s Pacific Coast in the wake of the accident, Dygalo said.

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