Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Two Airmen were killed When Old Missiles Exploded :India

In yet another case of mishandling of ammunition, two airmen were killed and at least three others injured when old missiles exploded while being transported at the Pokhran firing ranges near Jaisalmer on Monday. The mishap apparently took place when the missile and their propellants, whose shelf-life had expired, were being off-loaded from a truck at the Chandan range.

''The old ammunition had been brought from Gujarat for disposal at the range. IAF has ordered a court of inquiry into the incident,'' said an official. This comes soon after a young Army officer was killed during a firing exercise at Deolali in Maharashtra after an artillery shell burst near him.

Times of India

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