'Friendly Fire' Cockpit Tape Released

The Pentagon is releasing cockpit video of a "friendly fire" incident nearly four years ago in Iraq. It records an air controller advising a U.S. pilot that he had just hit British vehicles on the ground.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

The Pentagon is releasing another piece of history from the Iraq war: the cockpit video of a friendly fire incident. It records an air controller advising a pilot that he has hit British vehicles on the ground.

(Soundbite of cockpit video)

Unidentified Man (Air Controller): You have hit the armored in the area - yellow, small armored tanks - so just be advised. (Unintelligible) abort your mission. You've got - looks like we may have a blue on blue situation.

Unidentified Man (Pilot): (beep) God bless it.

INSKEEP: There is a British inquest now into the death of a British soldier. The tape also shows the pilot receiving assurances that no friendly forces were nearby.

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