Russia’s only aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov catches fire

At least one person was killed after Russia’s only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, caught fire on Thursday morning during repair work in Russia’s Arctic Sea port of Murmansk, according to Russian state sponsored news agency Sputniknews.

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TASS reports that 12 people were injured, “mostly poisoned by combustion products.” Six of the injured are in intensive care, with “just one in satisfactory condition.” Several of the injured are reportedly firefighters that responded to the fire. RIA Novosti reports the body of a service member was found, and two other persons are reported missing.

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Admiral Kuznetsov catches fire

Admiral Kuznetsov, a ski-jump type aircraft carrier,is the Russian navy’s largest warship and its sole aircraft carrier.

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In November 2014, a MiG-29 fighter jet crashed while trying to land on it during a mission off the Syrian coast.

In December 2016, it lost two combat aircraft in less than a month due to problems with its arresting gear.

An MiG fighter jet crashed into the sea as it approached the ship, Russian Su-33 naval variant aircrafts had two major accidents during attempted landing onboard Admiral Kuznetsov,–one occasion an Su-33 crashed as it landed when a cable broke, and the plane rolled off the deck.

Disaster also struck last October while it was undergoing repairs when the dry dock, holding the carrier, sank at the yard, sending a 70-ton crane crashing onto its deck and leaving a massive hole in the flight deck.

Previously, Admiral Kuznetsov was towed from Russian naval facility in Tartus, Syria to Russia due to major technical issues.

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The dock, known as PD-50, was one of the world’s largest floating dry docks and the biggest in Russia, measuring 330 meters long (1,082 feet) and weighing more than 80,000 tons.

Following the disruption, PD-50 quickly became submerged, causing two cranes to fall onto the deck of the Russian vessel, leaving a hole measuring 4 meters by 5 meters (13 feet by 16.4 feet), state-run media Sputnik said.

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