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DDAS, 1998, Angola, handling, TM57, AT


The report recorded that the victim "accidentally detonated an anti-tank mine while preparing for the testing of the newly purchased Hydrema mine clearance machines". The victim was "deploying and arming" mines in a marked test ground and wore a "ballistic jacket and visor". He worked alone arming the mines at a distance of 300 metres from the nearest person (a medic). It is not recorded whether this mine was the first to be armed. He stood and looked down at the mine for 20 seconds, then knelt beside it for a second time. 25-30 seconds later the mine detonated. "It is likely that he was trying to arm the fuse or insert the fuse into the fuse well before or after arming it" when the accident occurred. "It is not likely that he applied much pressure to the top of the fuse".



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