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The first few missiles deflected the defensive systems on the Hercules from the special forces flight of 47 Squadron, allowing the others to get through, the sources said.
They are believed to have concluded that as many as six missiles and rockets, possibly more, were aimed at the aircraft and that the height at which it was flying gave the pilot no room for manoeuvre to avoid all of them. The findings will be revealed in a RAF board of inquiry report due to be published next month.
The problem now for the RAF and its US allies is that insurgents in a number of campaigns — including Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq — have shown that even the best technology and flying skills are no guarantee of safety.
Originally posted by jayce
funny how the same paper reports it in 2 different versions
Originally posted by yeehaa
rumours flying this side of the pond..(info is expensive, beers not as cheap as it used to be)
story no.1 from army guy, 1 pilot raf, 1 co pilot raf(australia) 8 sas/sbs guys
story no.2 from a raf guy( he was cheap, always knew raf was cheap skates, he coughed up just over a phone call)
story he had be told was.. the c-130 was full of brit sas and 2 A teams green berets?( he said yank special forces so im guessing) and some fancy VIP(s) c-130 was flying low... most likey with ramp down so the vip could get a nice view( civvys for ya) then no more c-130
after he told me it rang true. remember GWB said on the election day about us and brit loses. but no america soldiers died on sunday? right
a plane, mainly used to transfer large amounts of troops, crashed.
the u.k. even after nearly two days now, does not give exact numbers of the personal killed in this crashed.
the plane, is the "workinghorse" for carrying troops from point a to b. it is made to carry between 64 - to 128 troops + a 3-9 man crew.
medias say up to 15 u.k. killed, but normally it carries 64 - 128 man.
but ok, lets say there where only 15 u.k. soldiers on board. - so what was the load of the plane then?
why does it fly from baghad to balad?
what is so extremly important for the military, that they do not transport it from baghdad to balad by truck or train?
when flying from u.s. held baghdad airbase to u.s. held balad airbase, isn't it likely that there were also some u.s. troops, commanders, equipment, weapons or something like that on board ?