In was shortly following when SOFREP opened its doors in 2012 that we published an article about the stealth helicopters used to transport SEAL Team Six for Operation Neptune Spear, the mission that killed Bin Laden in Abottabad, Pakistan. Now it appears that key elements of our analysis are being confirmed, along with additional details about the politics revolving around the use of said helicopters.

In 2012 we wrote about the stealth helicopter that crash-landed in Bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout:

After consulting with experts in the field of rotary-wing aircraft, it seems that the most likely cause of the crash was due to a phenomenon known to pilots as “settling with power,” with atmospheric conditions potentially playing a role as well. Helicopter pilots will almost always attempt to land while facing into the wind, however, the pre-determined approach into the objective in this case may have actually given them a downwind landing. If the rotor wash pushed from the rotors down to the ground comes back up and pushes into the descent path of the helicopter, it can then make the aircraft unstable. This is how settling with power can destabilize a helicopter. The rotors essentially created a vortex of dead air space that could no longer generate lift.

The rotor-blade system needs clean, that is, uniform, air to produce lift. If instead it gets un-uniform air, such as air previously disturbed by the helicopter’s own rotor wash, then the pilot could be in for some trouble.