One sailor dead, three injured after fire breaks out on Indian aircraft carrier

One sailor was killed while three others were injured after fire broke out on Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier INS Viraat while the ship was in Goa, India.

According to reports, the ship reported a stream incident and minor fire which was “quickly extinguished”.

While bringing the incident under control, four sailors were injured. The ship’s chief engineer mechanic suffered smoke inhalation and later died in hospital.

The other three sailors are being treated and are out of danger, the reports said.

INS Viraat is the oldest aircraft carrier in service in the world and is soon to be decommissioned. The Centaur class Aircraft Carrier was the flagship of the Indian Navy, before the INS Vikramaditya was commissioned in 2013.

INS Viraat was completed and commissioned in 1959 as the Royal Navy’s HMS Hermes and was transferred to India in 1987.