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  • Too Hot For Hover
    Posted by Jen DiMascio 5:08 PM on May 05, 2011

    A slight difference in temperature brought down the helicopter used in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

    Lawmakers have received briefings on the cause of the crash all week, and rumblings about the heat have been trickling out.

    During an event at the Heritage Foundation, though, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee spelled it out.

    The back of the helicopter hit the wall, McKeon said, and then there was a 15-degree difference in temperature as it was hovering. With that change, "they couldn't hold the hover," McKeon said.

    So there wasn't a pilot error or a mechanical failure, he said, rather it was a miscalculation of the temperature.

    Tags: ar99, helicopter, osama

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