“Chinook Down” is MRE Board Member Alex Quade’s 5-year investigation into the Taliban surface-to-air missile shoot down of a U.S. Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan, that killed all on board. Quade was supposed to be on that helicopter.
She survived to report firsthand on the recovery efforts, which included a fierce firefight. The mission involved Army Special Forces Green Berets, Air Force Special Operations assets, Parachute Infantry Regiment and Combat Aviation Brigade elements. Quade gathered material about the attack on the helicopter, obtained previously unreleased documents from the Pentagon and through the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), and collected video from soldiers and pilots on the scene. The result of her work is a 10-minute video special for The New York Times – At War website, introduced by New York Times Military Reporter James Dao.
Remembering the Crew of a Lost Chinook
On May 30, 2007 – two days after Memorial Day – an American CH-47 transport helicopter, known as a Chinook, was shot down by insurgents near the Helmand River in southern Afghanistan. The crash killed seven soldiers: five Americans, a Briton and a Canadian.
At the time, NATO officials suggested that the helicopter might have been brought down by small-arms fire. But a classified document released by the organization WikiLeaks in 2010 reported that the helicopter had been “engaged and struck with a missile,” suggesting that the Taliban had effectively used a heat-seeking surface-to-air missile – a significant development that had not been publicly disclosed before.
Read the rest of the story at http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/28/remembering-the-crew-of-a-lost-chinook/.