The Indonesian Navy submarine that went missing off the coast of Bali may have cracked. Admiral Yudo Margono, the chief of staff of the Indonesian Navy, called such a possible cause of the accident. He added that such damage is quite consistent with the enormous pressure exerted in the depths.
According to Indonesian Navy spokesman Julius Wijohono, a diesel-electric submarine can withstand a depth of up to 500 meters, but greater depths can be devastating for it. Pressure causes the steel hull to crack and rupture.
Margono also noted that the Nanggala was clearly overloaded, as it was designed for 34 crew members and was carrying 53 people at the time of its disappearance.
Earlier it was reported that the submarine was found in the waters off the island. As noted, Indonesian searchers were able to find the submarine while scanning the bottom of the Bali Sea. She was spotted at a depth of about 850 meters.
The submarine KRI Nanggala-402 with 53 sailors on board was conducting exercises with torpedoes when it stopped communicating. On April 21, traces of an oil spill were found near the island of Bali, where the submarine disappeared. And on April 23, an unidentified object with high magnetism was found near where the submarine went missing.