Though a collision with NATO forces was blamed for the sinking by a common, it was in the end confirmed that defective tools sealed the Kursk’s destiny. Based on the Guardian, a defective torpedo was the trigger. An investigation discovered that the Kursk was doubtless outfitted with torpedoes containing a substance known as HTP — primarily making a hydrogen peroxide explosion.
“The preliminary impulse which triggered an explosion of the torpedo was the results of an uncommon strategy of occasions contained in the oxidising agent reserve of the torpedo,” Russian Prosecutor Common Vladimir Ustinov informed reporters.
The seismic exercise from the blast was caught by each American Intelligence and the Norwegians, the New York Occasions reported.
Based on the Navy Occasions, 95 sailors had been killed immediately when the Kursk’s hull ruptured and it was flooded. The opposite 23 sailors escaped the explosion and held out in non-flooded elements of the vessel, however even that was not sufficient as they finally suffocated when the Russian Navy was unable to get rescue forces on the scene in time. An emergency marking buoy was not deployed. It wasn’t till per week later that Norwegian divers had been capable of crack open the broken sub and get inside. By then, all 118 crew members had misplaced their lives.