May 9, 2011
Why Do Helicopters Seem to Crash All the Time?
Katy Waldman, Slate
No American soldiers were killed in Sunday's raid on Osama Bin Laden's Abbottabad compound, but a helicopter sustained damage after a hard landing and the SEALs blew it up to keep the technology secret. This high-profile chopper failure is hardly unique. During the Iran hostage crisis, troops abandoned a rescue mission because three of the eight Sea Stallion transport copters proved defective. Why do so many helicopters seem to fail?