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The Military Accidentally Dropped a 500-Pound Bomb on Its Own Outpost

A military spokesperson said the Army called for the strike, but accidentally gave the pilot the wrong coordinates.

The video was posted Tuesday on YouTube.(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

photo of Jordain Carney
February 18, 2014

Three soldiers were nearly killed last year after a U.S. Air Force pilot accidently dropped a 500-pound bomb on a U.S. infantry outpost in Afghanistan.

Or, as a U.S. soldier summed it up after the bomb: "We almost fucking died."

The 2013 attack was meant to hit a group of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's Paktika Province, in the southeastern part of the country, according to a video posted Tuesday on YouTube. The footage was included in a documentary on the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

 

"Luckily our First Sergeant called up and put everyone on stand to, inadvertently saving the lives of at least 3 soldiers who would have been in the bay that had shrapnel sent through every inch of it including shearing holes into weapons," the soldier that shot the video, who wants to remain anonymous, told Funker530.com in an interview.

The bomb destroyed one of the Army's buildings at the outpost, with shrapnel making holes in another. No one was killed in the incident.

A U.S. Central Command spokesperson said the Army called for the strike, but accidentally gave the pilot the wrong coordinates, giving the location of the outpost instead of the coordinates for the enemy forces. 

This article was corrected to note it was an Air Force pilot who dropped the bomb and updated to reflect new information from the army on how the pilot was given inaccurate coordinates.

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