Image via Reddit / Keggerss
photo of a crashed Marine Osprey with a Marine sitting nearby drinking a
Rip-it and smoking a cigarette has received over one million views
online in less than 24 hours.
A caption alongside the viral pic reads, "One horrible day for me in Afghanistan."
Reddit user named "Keggerss" posted the photo.
The story of what happened was told in the comments by Keggerss.
“Just so everyone knows I was a passenger not the pilot.
Time. Now everyone forgive me im typing this out on my mobile. This was
roughly halfway through my deployment. My unit had been doing helo
raids and helo inserts for months before this happened. So everyone was
somewhat used to getting rained on by hydraulic fluid which shoots from
everywhere when these things fly. Somehow you convince yourself that
cant be a bad thing. So we departed our FOB late night the plane was
operating as nomal we had a 45 minute flight. The crew Chief looked back
and gave us the 5 minutes till landing. The osprey is going in for its
lading everything is still ok. Now when these land there props rotate
and make a loud pop, This time though it was deafining you knew
something was wrong it felt like the osprey was having a seizure. Its
pitch black you cant tell how far you are from the ground then it hits.
My body was instantly in pain. As you can see in the picture we landed
on a ledge and it pinned the rear hatch of the bird closed. We had to
exit out of the right door gunners exit. Everybody on the plane was
instantly ordered to get into a defensive position. Mortars started
coming in about 10 minutes afterwards. This is just a gold mine for the
Taliban and a nightmare for us Marines. There were still other Ospreys
around when this happened so what did the pilots of this bird do? They
jumped on another Osprey and rode back to the FOB. Meanwhile we had to
protect there plane. I always figured this was one of those things like a
captain goes down with his ship. A convoy from a FOB came out and
dismantled this plane and loaded it up on trucks and hauled it back
roughly a week later. Sorry for how horribly typed this is! Anymore
questions just let me know. P. S. RIP IT SHOULD OBVIOUSLY ENDORSE ME
: For everyone in the comments who is military bashing. Wait for it. I
don't care! I am just doing my job. For everyone throwing support my way
I greatly appreciate it!”