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Now permanently disabled, helicopter pilot Scott Carnes picking up the pieces

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By Greg Summers

By GREGORY A. SUMMERS

Features Editor

S.C. National Guard helicopter pilot Scott Carnes knows he can't take back what happened in December 2004 when his AH-64 Apache gunship was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq.

One minute the South Middle School science teacher was getting ready to open fire on an insurgent stronghold. But within seconds, he was hanging out of the left side of the helicopter cockpit as it plummeted 400 feet toward the ground at more than 160 mph.

Carnes and his gunner made it down, but the helicopter was destroyed in the impact.


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