Outside The Beltway  notes 31 people dying in a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter crash  this morning, and muses:
As I’ve noted numerous times, helicopters are dangerous even in a non-hostile environment. They do things fixed wing aircraft can’t but the price is sometimes very high.
Just so, James. I knew a couple people who died in Buffalo a few years ago driving a chopper, and they said the same thing.
One aditional point, however… This is the biggest single-action casualty count for the entire Iraqi conflict thusfar. Can anyone name any campaign in our history, where that single action death count was less?
Certainly, this doesn’t diminish the weight of the deaths that have occurred, but it does suggest that there is a rather different quality to this conflict.