- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams has recanted a story that has been retold on the network for years, admitting that he was not aboard a helicopter that was hit and forced down by RPG fire in 2003 Iraq.

Mr. Williams reportedly repeated the false claim Friday on NBC during a public tribute to a retired soldier in New York.

He later apologized to the Stars and Stripes newspaper after crew members who were actually aboard the helicopter that took fire in 2003 came forward to refute Mr. Williams’ story.

Crew members of the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook helicopter said the NBC anchor was actually aboard another Chinook that was in a formation about an hour behind the three helicopters that took fire.

Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Miller, who was the flight engineer on the aircraft that carried Mr. Williams and his camera crew, told Stars and Stripes: “No, we never came under direct enemy fire to the aircraft.”

“I would not have chosen to make this mistake,” Mr. Williams told the paper. “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.”

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