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DBC Pilot Debrief Mission Number: QRF
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At 10:33z, Skill 47(UH-60) responded to a TIC IVO Korengal valley along with 3 other UH-60, 2 AH-64s, and 2 MH-64s. Crew received the grid for the beacon hit at grid 42S XD 7962 6078. Crew was the lead a/c of the UH-60s. The apaches were behind the UH-60s and the MH-47s were in front of the UH-60s all traveling north. The MH-47s were far in front of the UHs after take off, but before reaching grid, crew was only 1500m behind the MH-47s. All UH-60s started to slow down to 70kias when 1.3nm from the grid to let AH-64s pass them to conduct security sweep and crew had clear visual of the valley. Front MH-47 was directly over the grid when crew noted a bright red flash that came from SW of the grid on a ridge line. Crew assessed it as a flare signaling for help until it hit the rear left side of the MH and exploded. Crew noted that flash was a straight line and traveling at a very fast rate. The MHs tail first sank down in the air, and then crew reported it fell into the mountain side and there was another explosion. Crew was the first to report incident within the UH and AHs. Crew did not have communications with the other MH-47. Crew did not see a smoke trail, but another UH (Infusino) had reported seeing one. All the a/c turned hard right after the explosion. Then all UH-60s rallied at the previous ridgeline to the south, while the AH-64s went to investigate crash site. Crew and other UH-60s stayed at the ridgeline for 20 min. until a storm cell pushed them too far to the SE to maintain communications, so UH-60s went to JBAD to refuel and await further orders. Around 1800z, crew was told to fly to JAF and shutdown. Afterwards, crew talked to other MH-47 crew and they noted that they received possible small arms and RPGs.