From Stars and Stripes Capitol Hill reporter Travis J. Tritten’s latest report:
Williams admitted on air that he was not on the Chinook that was struck by enemy fire, saying he was \»instead on a following aircraft\» and writing a Facebook apology to soldiers saying \»I was indeed on the Chinook behind the bird that took the RPG.\» But Army flight crews told Stars and Stripes the NBC anchor was actually flying with a different helicopter company altogether — in a different direction, and linked to the attacked unit by radio only.
… \»I think it is misleading\» for Williams to say his aircraft was following behind the Chinook hit by two rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire, said David Luke, a retired soldier from Texas who was a flight engineer with a company of the helicopters under the 159th Aviation Regiment, which was known as Hercules and based out of Savannah, Georgia.
According to Luke, the Williams formation of three Chinooks was headed back to Kuwait, flying at one point over a white Iraqi pick-up truck. Another company of Chinooks, he <a href="http://ift.tt/1BYg31d; target="_"he says, flew past in the opposite direction towards Baghdad and were subsequently fired on by the men in that pick-up.
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