‘Systemic failures’ led to death of two sailors on submarine

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Two sailors were killed on a nuclear-powered submarine under the Arctic as a result of “systemic failures” and a “culture of complacency”, a coroner said yesterday.

Anthony Huntrod, 20, from Sunderland, and Paul McCann, 32, from Halesowen, West Midlands, died when an oxygen generator unit exploded while HMS Tireless was on an exercise with the US navy 170 miles north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, two years ago.

Delivering a verdict which was strongly criticised by one of the families, Sunderland coroner Derek Winter told the court that “systemic failures led to the contamination and damage” of the generators which caused them to explode.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/mar/25/hms-tireless-submarine-deaths

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