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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nuclear Warship Accident Kills One

A man was killed and several were injured in an accident during engine tests on a new Russian nuclear-powered warship, a navy spokesman said Monday.


Radiation levels were not affected by the accident, which occurred Friday due to construction and technical faults on the Pyotr Veliky cruiser, the spokesman said by telephone from Russia's western enclave of Kaliningrad.


"A flange on the steam pipe of the subsidiary mechanism ruptured," he said, reading from an official statement which gave no details of how the man was killed. "Radiation levels on the cruiser were and remain within normal levels," he said, explaining that the pipe was not linked to the reactor.


Construction of the warship began a decade ago, but the navy is still waiting for money to finish it.


The accident follows renewed concern about the security of Russia's nuclear arsenal raised in a leaked U.S. intelligence report, which said chaotic political and economic reforms and a resultant cash crisis had led to a weakening of control.