Friday, August 26, 2011

Rotor & Wing Magazine September 2011

A U.S. National Guard Boeing CH-47D Chinook crashed in the Wardak province of Afghanistan on August 6, resulting in the deaths of 38 people onboard, including 30 U.S. service members. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, among the 25 special ops forces on board, 22 were part of the covert Navy unit known as SEAL Team Six, which carried out the raid on Osama bin Laden in May. Five Army aviators, three Air Force Special Operations personnel, and a military dog rounded out the U.S. crew. Seven Afghan commandos and one interpreter were also on board. The crash was the deadliest single-day loss for the U.S. since the Afghan conflict began. The NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)-led helicopter and its crew were transporting the SEALs on a "quick reaction" mission for Army Rangers who were under fire, according to a U.S. military spokesperson. The Rangers were attempting to capture Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for shooting down the Chinook.