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Blackhawk pilot's quick thinking helped Navy Seals complete Osama kill mission

May 6, 2011 - Washington

An elite Army unit called the Task Force 160 is being credited with effectively flying in and flying out the Navy Seals team 6 that was involved in the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

In particular, one Blackhawk helicopter pilot may have been the difference between success and failure, CBS News reports.

The Seals were about to fast rope into the courtyard in front of bin Laden's house when the Blackhawk lost lift. Imagine what would have happened if it had crashed into the courtyard with all Seals still aboard.

An ex-soldier Chris Marvin has said the pilot had the talent and skill to land the aircraft safely and let everybody off without injuries.

The pilot nudged the Blackhawk forward into a controlled crash, but sheered off its tail section.

The Seals were able to continue with their mission and, before they left, blew up as much of the Blackhawk as they could but had to leave the tail section intact.


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