• A South Korean cargo ship carrying oil exploded in waters off the country's northwestern port city of Incheon, killing three crew members and leaving eight others missing.
  • Where did it take place?
  • The accident occurred three miles north of Jawol Island near Incheon in South Korea.
  • How many people were on board?
  •  A total of 16 crew members were on aboard the 4191-ton freight, including five South Koreans and 11 from Myanmar.
  • What is the cause of the explosion?
  • The cause of the explosion was not known immediately but the Yonhap news agency quoted the captain of the ill-fated vessel as saying the blast had occurred while the crew was draining gasoline vapors from an oil tank on the deck to remove residues.
  • He said that static electricity may have ignited the gas, causing the explosion.