Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov caught fire while undergoing repairs in Murmansk.
It is understood that six people have reportedly been injured and three people are reported as missing.
The fire is understood to have been sparked by welding work as part of work to repair the troubled vessel.
Footage of the fire onboard aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznestov shows black smoke rising above the decks of the ship.According ??# Russian state news agencies,one worker remains unaccounted for.The same wires suggest the fire is spreading and now covers 600 sq metres of the ship. pic.twitter.com/H840i8uwhI
— Capt(N) (@Capt_Navy) December 12, 2019
Russia’s TASS news agency have reported that the fire had started on the upper deck and that thick, black smoke was billowing from the vessel.
The ship is still on fire.
Russian aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” caught fire during repair works at Zvezdochka plant. 8 workers rescued, 1 unaccounted. Fire at least at 120m2 in engine room https://t.co/EhBCrUKBg8 #Russia pic.twitter.com/011TFOQSrk
— Liveuamap (@Liveuamap) December 12, 2019
Last year, on the 30th of October 2018, the Admiral Kuznetsov was damaged when Russia’s biggest floating dry dock, the PD-50, sank and one of the dock’s 70 ont cranes crashed onto the ship’s flight deck leaving behind a 200 square foot hole in the flight deck.
One person was reported missing and four injured as the dry dock sank in Kola Bay. Admiral Kuznetsov was in the process of being removed from the dock when the accident happened, and was towed to a nearby yard after the accident.
More on this as it develops.