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May 10, 2011 1:53 pm

Crashed Copter Sparks Concern About Secrets

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WSJ – The crash of a helicopter involved in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani hideout has prompted intense speculation about whether the aircraft was specially modified to fly stealthily—and whether its remains could offer hostile governments clues to sensitive U.S. military technology.

According to U.S. officials, a Black Hawk was disabled during the landing, and had to be destroyed by the commandos, however, remnants of the helicopter, including a nearly intact piece of its tail, suggested that the aircraft involved in the raid wasn’t the typical MH-60 Black Hawk flown by special-operations forces. Aviation experts who scrutinized photos of the scene say the tail had unusual features that suggested the helicopter had been extensively modified to fly quietly, while appearing less visible to radar.

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