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Experts Reveal Possible Wreckage Scenario of San Juan Submarine - Reports

© AP Photo / Vicente RoblesBanners with messages in support of the crew of the Argentine submarine ARA San Juan hang from the fence at the Navel base in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017
Banners with messages in support of the crew of the Argentine submarine ARA San Juan hang from the fence at the Navel base in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 - Sputnik International
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MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - The submarine was located in mid-November, at a depth of 907 meters (0.56 miles). It was found deformed and with signs of an explosion.

Argentinian daily La Nacion reported, citing the draft report by the experts from the country's Defense Ministry's commission, that the first fire could have started on board, near the fore electric batteries, on November 14, 2017 — a day before the wreck. Then, water got into the batteries through the ventilation system, which prompted a new fire and an explosion.

This 2013 photo provided by the Argentina Navy shows an ARA San Juan, a German-built diesel-electric vessel, near Buenos Aires, Argentina. - Sputnik International
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After that, San Juan broke surface, and the crew carried out repair works even though it was night, and the weather was bad. Then, it went underwater again in order to proceed to the Mar del Plata base of the country's Navy. On November 5, the crew reported the incident, continuing their underwater trip afterwards.

The experts claim that after that either a new fire started on board, or the partially extinguished one resumed. As a result, the crew lost control of the ship, and it started to sink. Having reached the critical depth, the submarine could have been crushed by a water column, which, according to the experts, was the reason of the wreck.

READ MORE: Discovered San Juan Sub Deformed With Signs of Explosion — Argentine Navy Chief

The submarine with over 40 crew on board went missing after reporting about a technical malfunction. The search and rescue operation for the submarine involved equipment and personnel from various countries, including Russia.

The Argentinian authorities scrapped the rescue 15 days after the submarine stopped communicating but pledged that the search for the vehicle would continue.

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