T-90 tank barrel blows up during exercise in Jhansi, kills 2 soldiers | India News indiabusinessport.com

LUCKNOW/JHANSI: Two Army personnel — a junior commissioned officer and a jawan — died while another sustained injuries when the barrel of a T-90 Bhishma tank burst during a field firing exercise in Babina area of Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday.
The incident took place around 7pm at the field firing range point 6A, 20 km from Jhansi, when 55 Armoured Regiment was engaged in an annual exercise that started October 1. The Army has set up a court of inquiry to investigate the incident, the defence ministry said.
As per a general diary entry of Babina police, lodged by a Major-rank officer, the three-member crew of the T-90 tank sustained injuries due to the barrel burst and was immediately evacuated to the military hospital. While the commander of the tank and the gunner succumbed to burn injuries, the driver was out of danger and under treatment, an official said.
“It could be dust or faulty ammunition which might have caused the blast,” an officer of the regiment told TOI.

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