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270039ZMAR08 TF DESTINY Reports Minor SAFIRE (RPG/SAF) UNK A/C IVO Musa Qaleh
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WHO: UNK R/W WHEN: 232110ZMAR08 WHERE: 41S PS 66050 46400 (500ft AGL, UNK KTS, HDG 200) WHAT: At 232110ZMAR08, at 41S PS 66050 46400, while departing an HLZ, a rotary wing A/C was engaged from 3 x POOs, all of which were IVO 41S PS 66050 46400. The first engagement was from a probable RPG that exploded at the A/Cs 1 oclock position 30m from the A/C. One second later, a second probable RPG exploded less than 30m from the A/Cs low 9 oclock position. The third engagement was probable SAF at the A/Cs 11 oclock, the rounds were directed at the A/C, and passed directly underneath the A/C. No damage to the A/C or injury to the crew was reported. NFTR. AUAB CAOC Comment: This SAFIRE was likely an ambush due to the three previous unchallenged passes in the area. The pilot felt threatened and maneuvered, successfully exiting the area. The SAFIRE was a combination RPG and SAF in close proximity to the A/C. Weapons assessment is based on experienced aircrew observations and reporting. There have been no SAFIREs within 10NM in the past 30 days. The nearest subsequent SAFIRE was on 27 MAR 08, located 6.74NM northwest, 1 x HMG VS RW (No Hit).