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Publication Date

11-21-1997

Keywords

DDAS, 1997, Angola, excavation

Abstract

The team started work at 07:30 and was working in a crater on the road when the accident occurred at 10:30. The soil in the crater was "a friable sandy clay" that allowed detectors to be used. There was a UXO (specified only as "rocket") lying against the side of the crater. The team had cleared and marked two one metre wide lanes across the large crater. Shortly before the accident Victim No.1 was seen to raise and re-tune his Ebinger detector. Victim No.2 was 25 metres away but reported that he heard Victim No.1's detector bleep immediately before the explosion. He was certain that Victim No.1 did not move his feet between the sound and the blast. The crater created by the explosive accident measured 3x1.5 metres. The demining group calculated that this implied a charge of 25-30 kg, and that "the combined explosive charge of two anti-tank mines would be sufficient". Victim No.2 was knocked off his feet by the blast and suffered a loss of hearing.

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