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  • More On Those Helos...
    Posted by Jen DiMascio 8:30 PM on May 02, 2011

    The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee is looking for more answers about the helicopter that went down in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.

    “We are going to have a briefing at the armed services committee tomorrow afternoon, and hopefully we will know much more about that helicopter,” said Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).

    Levin noted an inconsistency in a press briefing with senior administration officials about whether or not the helicopter was lost due to a mechanical failure.

    So here are the competing statements from the transcript:

    “SENIOR ADMIN OFFICIAL: During the raid, we lost one helicopter due to mechanical failure.  The aircraft was destroyed by the crew and the assault force and crew members boarded the remaining aircraft to exit the compound.  All non-combatants were moved safely away from the compound before the detonation.”

    And then, after a question on the nature of the mechanical failure:

    “SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Can’t go into details at this time.

    “SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  We didn’t say it was mechanical.”

    Tags: ar99, binLaden, helos

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