9 Aug 2016

Mike Durant: Black Hawk Down

From Nine To Noon, 10:08 am on 9 August 2016
Mike Durant

Mike Durant Photo: supplied

Nine to Noon speaks to Mike Durant, a former US army helicopter pilot, shot down over Mogadishu during the United States' disastrous, and short-lived intervention in Somalia in 1993.

The mission was called "Restore Hope" but the US quickly found itself battling local Somali warlords. Mike Durant's Black Hawk helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, all his crew died in the subsequent fire-fight, along with two others. He was held hostage for 11 days before returning to the United States to a clamour of interest from the media.

Mike Durant now lives in Alabama where he runs a company specializing in aviation training and hiring many veterans. He's the subject of a National Geographic documentary to screen here later this month.

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