- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Reddit user “Keggerss” posted an image of a crashed Osprey helicopter in the background as a Marine with a sly grin puffs on a cigarette, Rip It energy drink in hand.

The photo posted Sunday has taken the internet by storm.

The folks at Business Insider reported that the photo, titled “One Horrible Day For Me in Afghanistan,” and the article appear legit, “having been deployed and flown on Ospreys” themselves.

“Just so everyone knows I was a passenger not the pilot,” Keggerss wrote in a story that accompanied the photo on Reddit. “This was roughly halfway through my deployment.

“My unit had been doing helicopter raids and 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… So we departed our FOB late night and the plane was operating as normal. We had a 45 minute flight. The crew chief looked back and gave OK.”

“Now when these land their props rotate and make a loud pop,” he continued. “This time though it was deafening you knew something was wrong, it felt like the Osprey was having a seizure. It’s pitch black you can’t 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 gunner’s exit.

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“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 [sic] 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.”

Keggerss said in later comments that tank and harrier units came out to help the grunts protect the downed Osprey, Business Insider reported.

A report by imaging-resource.com indicates the photograph was likely taken back in March 2012.

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