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Four Killed in Explosion Aboard Oil Tanker

March 16, 1990

SINGAPORE (AP) _ An explosion and fire aboard a Norwegian-registered oil tanker Thursday killed four people and injured two, and 62 others were rescued by helicopters and boats, officials said.

The fire was extinguished, and the explosion on the 105,633-ton Happy Traveler was under investigation, said an official with the Port of Singapore Authority.

The Singapore Broadcasting Corp. quoted marine police as saying three of those who died were Singapore residents and that the fourth man was from Poland. The injured were Singapore residents.

Of those rescued, 36 were Singaporean and Malaysian contract workers doing repairs on the ship, officials said. The rest were the ship’s crew, mostly from Poland.

The ship had left Singapore two days ago and was a few miles off Changi Airport, in Malaysian waters, when the explosion occurred, officials said. Its destination was Fujarah, in the United Arab Emirates.

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