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U.S. Accidentally Drops Bomb On Own Base

U.S. Accidentally Drops Bomb On Own Base


A YouTube video showing the U.S. accidentally bombing its own base has recently come to light.

The incident, which took place in September 2012, shows a 500-lb. bomb, which was intended for a group of Taliban fighters, instead detonating close to the US base that launched it.

"This was a major mistake ...,' a retired Air Force colonel told CNN. "The way targeting works is, you have to get the coordinates right."

According to CNN, an investigation has determined the air crew had the wrong coordinates.

'Unfortunately in wars, this does happen," the Air Marshall added.

The "major mistake" is unfortunately brewing some bad press for the U.S. Air Force. Headlines are calling the footage "shocking" and "horrifying."

Ultimately, the incident was ruled a pure accident and no one was charged over it.

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Brian Workman February 20 2014 at 11:58 PM

That's why in the early fifties, the "Big John" a Nuclear Cannon, that fired a Nuke Warhead Shell, to a Maximum distance of less than five miles, was scrapped. It could wipe out the Army Unit that fired it, if the winds were to change direction!!

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sonofra1 February 20 2014 at 10:47 PM

In war, like everywhere else in life.... s#%t happens. In combat you do your best and you know that mistakes are not an option ...but in the end, everyone is human and capable of a mistake sooner or later. In war, you do your job, hope the other guy does their job, and above all, hope to God that you don't make a mistake or that YOU are not the mistake of someone else.

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z3madboy February 20 2014 at 11:45 AM

Weren't we just laughing at the taliban for blowing up like 30 of their own guys in a training exercise? We spent millions on the best technology and they did it on a budget. Isn't war hilarious....ly stupid?

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mike775954 February 20 2014 at 11:46 AM

Besides being old news, this piece is one-sided - to be a complete story, it should state how many tens of thousands of strikes were on target. CNN doesn't have a track record that good when it comes to the facts!

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howlter February 20 2014 at 1:27 PM

What accident , We kill 10,000 of are own troops in Vietnam or did we forget . Thats a memo .

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loki3640 February 20 2014 at 6:42 PM

not the first time, won't b the last! usually called as " danger, close!" to fg close!

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raydar67 February 20 2014 at 11:46 AM

Before people start pointing fingers,be in a actual firefight.It is the most terrifying,insanity,you could EVER imagine.
Don't want 'friendly fire' to happen.Stop wars....
USMC 67-91 DaNang 69

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1 February 20 2014 at 1:03 PM

Yes, it was accident, as along as it is the US Government, "they can make an error or mistake: it OK, But, by "god if it was a civilian issue" They would burn your azz........!!!!!!! Thank god no-one got hurt or Killed. I don't believe it was a accident at all, He'll what does the military do!!! They are in the business to know what they are doing......!!!!!!

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Michael February 20 2014 at 12:48 PM

Half assed kids, not taking thing seriously and double checking their work.
This happens a lot , regardless of what the oliver dude says. I lived it in the nam.
We got friendly fire one night in the DMZ and radioed in that we were returning same.
Funny how freindly fire kills you just as dead.

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Efrenooo February 20 2014 at 9:42 PM

HIRE SMART HIRE VETS!

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