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A Pakistan news agency reports that the bin Laden raid on Abbottabad was aborted because of a helicopter crash which killed several passengers, believed to be Pashtu speaking Americans.
Though this is from a news agency, it is an eyewitness account and unconfirmed. Veterans Today has received this story from several sources but most recently from our comments section. Thanks!
If this story is true, it would be a disaster for the Obama presidency, deeply paralleling the unsuccessful hostage rescue attempt in Iran during the Carter presidency
Originally posted by WeRpeons
The word "unconfirmed" is enough to say it's B.S.
Originally posted by FanarFanar
reply to post by wcitizen
I'd say confirming a source before posting the article to begin with, would be a more responsible form of journalism.
Originally posted by morder1
reply to post by WeRpeons
So can I ask you a question? How is it that a helicopter crashes, yet no one is hurt?
Why would a helicopter crash?
BTW this was posted already, last night... too lazy to find the link... use searchedit on 17-5-2011 by morder1 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Aliensun
My recent post to this thread was censored because, I think, I repeated a post to this thread's origination.
I maintain that when a copter crashes, even when hovering low to the ground, there are casualities. Where are the dead and the injured crew and passengers from this crash?
This was a rather large craft as they go, capable of carrying several persons. Forget auto-gyro capabilities, such is worthless when the power/control outage is close to the ground. The true scenerio is probably either the pilot made an error or the craft took a fatal hit from an AK-47 or RPG.
Copters die with a lot of thrashing around. People inside and outside are torn apart like rag dolls. That situation exactly fits the discription given by the villager and that is a form of proof that the mission had far more serious problems than reported. In short, the downed copter probably fell into our people on the ground. Add crew members possible killed or injured and I guesstimate about a dozen of our people were killed or injured.
Another "proof" as far as I'm concerned is that the widely ballyhood image from the Situation Room was a terrible mistake. It clearly shows the President, shrunken, cowering down in his chair in horror. That picture will haunt him the rest of his life regardless of the outcome of this fiasco. Don't believe for a moment the later spin given to the image that they did not have actual coverage of the scene at that instant. That is horror, not apprehension in his look. An Israeli newspaper published the image but removed Clinton from the scene because she is a woman. They should have removed Obama.
Originally posted by WeRpeons
Depends upon how strong the impact was. People have survived helicopter crashes before. This isn't unique. I'm sure the pilot and co pilot were banged up a bit, but they certainly could still walk away from it. The report on the crash says it wasn't a devastating fall from a high altitude. It's one of the reasons why they had to destroy the remains because it was still pretty much intact. Even after the demolition explosion the tail remained intact.
The plan unraveled as the first helicopter tried to hover over the compound. The Black Hawk skittered around uncontrollably in the heat-thinned air, forcing the pilot to land. As he did, the tail and rotor got caught on one of the compound’s 12-foot walls. The pilot quickly buried the aircraft’s nose in the dirt to keep it from tipping over, and the SEALs clambered out into an outer courtyard.