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Resource ID: #29009
Subject: Helicopter Crash
Source: Zachary Stauffer, Jason Paladino, Mike Hixenbaugh, Michael Montgomery, Amy Walters, Jennifer Chien, Lowell Bergman, John Temple, Kevin Sullivan
Affiliation: Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, PRX
Date: 2019-01-19



It only took 15 seconds from the time the fire broke out for the helicopter to slam into the frigid Atlantic. By day’s end, pilot Lt. Wes Van Dorn and two others would be dead. The hour-long radio documentary “The Military’s Deadliest Helicopter” digs into the causes of that fatal MH-53E Sea Dragon crash in January 2014. Through incisive reporting and interviews with the people closest to the accident — widow Nicole Van Dorn, mechanic Chris Humme, and survivor Dylan Boone — it provides a poignant picture of a tragedy and sheds light on how Congress and the Pentagon’s relentless pursuit of new weapons can have a terrible cost for our troops.
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