Pilot Shot in Head Still Lands Full Helicopter Safely

In a routine flight gone wrong in Afghanistan, British pilot Ian Fortune successfully avoids more casualties by safely landing a helicopter after being struck with a bullet.

Pilot Shot in Head Still Lands Full Helicopter Safely

In a routine flight gone wrong in Afghanistan, British pilot Ian Fortune successfully avoids more casualties by safely landing a helicopter after being struck with a bullet.

-Faye Brennan

Ian Fortune

British Flight Lt. Ian Fortune is our hero! Three weeks ago, the 28-year-old managed to safely land a helicopter full of injured troops, medical personnel, casualties and a British TV host from Afghanistan’s Helmand Province after his helmet was struck with a bullet, right above his eyes.

The British TV Host, Mike Brewer from the Discovery Channel, was filming a series about the war crafts being used in Afghanistan and has recalled what happened on that flight. What Brewer thought was supposed to be a routine trip to Afghanistan to pick up injured soldiers turned into a scary reality. Pilot Fortune had landed the helicopter in the middle of a firefight, and right after taking off again, the helicopter “took a big shudder,” and Fortune had been shot in the face, says Brewer.

“The aircraft controls were damaged. It was a lot of trouble to keep us in the air,” he said. “I spoke to the co-pilot later. He said [Fortune] would not let go of the controls. Even with blood pouring into his eyes, he would not let go.”

Fortune flew the full helicopter back to the British base, Camp Bastion, in Helmand province where he safely landed. The wound he suffered was a minor injury, but the brave pilot does not want to speak publicly about his heroic act. (CNN)

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