The submarine was a Ming Class boat with the hull number 361. She was recovered on the surface adrift with the crew dead. Speculation is going along the lines of two possible routes. The first is that there may have been a leak of torpedo propellant that poisoned the crew. The second line of speculation is that a weld sprang a leak or other water source leaked in the battery room and that created chlorine gas that was spread throughout the vessel. She may have been running on the surface at the time but Iíd question that since none of the crew survived. Iíd say it was more likely that she was snorting or running deeper. The crew blew the tanks to try to reach the surface but the gas got them before the reached it.
Not a pleasant way to go.
China says sub disaster killed 70
70 dead in China sub accident
The accident occurred "recently" in the Yellow Sea off China's northeast coast, the official Xinhua News Agency said in a brief report that didn't explain how the sailors died. It said the vessel had been towed back to an unidentified port.
Edited by CJ AEGIS, 03 May 2003 - 01:45 AM.