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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 29, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba BRANDON June 2002 A7 pilots blamed for deaths Smith Leger Green Dyer Families relieved reports find no fault with troops BY ALISON AULD Canadian Press On the day his son would have turned Lloyd Smith rose early and marched outside to raise three flags in his Hours two military reports condemned the American pilots who took his boys This is a very special day for Smith said after he lifted a Union a Canadian flag and his son Nathans regi mental banner from the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry sky We raised these in his honour and will continue to fly them as long as were healthy enough to do Smith and his wife Charlotte marked their sons birthday yesterday by gather ing with a small group of friends in their rustic home tucked in the hills of rural Nova They then awaited two mil itary officials who delivered the news they had been but not wishing to Shortly before the couple were handed a Defence Department report and told their known for his passion for military books and had been killed pilot who acted rash ly and breached appropriate We lost our we cant bring him but if any good can come out of this its that there are ways to prevent this from ever happening Smith said in his 100yearold surrounded by pictures of Nathan in his military uni form and with his The Canadian military released its report into the deaths of four Canadian soldiers who were killed when an American pilot dropped a laserguided bomb as they were practising livefire exercises near The Canadian investigation found the two F16 fighter pilots the bomber and his wingman were the direct cause of the The findings mirror the con clusions of an American report released simultaneously yesterday that blamed the The most seriously hurt of eight injured soldiers said he was satisfied with the I was only looking for one and that was to see if they were actually going to come forward and put responsibility on and they Lome who lost an eye and could still lose his injured said from his home in who had to seek medical atten tion this week when his artificial eye put him in terrible said he doesnt hate the pilots who made the but would like to see them acknowledge what they I would like to see them come for he Its been the way Ive always been taught if you do some thing you come forward and take Yesterdays official releases came more than a week after part of the report was leaked to the They only confirmed for some families of the soldiers what they had already suspected the Canadian troops acted proper ly and the accident was the fault of the It doesnt surprise Maureen whose son Brian Decaire was injured in the said from her home in There was a mis communication along the line and some body messed who last spoke to Nathan in February when he phoned to wish his mom happy said little would be accomplished by prosecuting the a member of an elite squadron with the Illinois Air National If sending him to jail would bring my son Id say do Smith said moments after watching a televised brief ing by But my sons death has got to mean more than Some goods got to come out of BY JOHN WARD Canadian Press OTTAWA Two separate military reports blame two American F16 pilots for the deaths of four Canadian soldiers in but the reports dont explain why one pilot ignored a direct order and Parallel Canadian and inquiries said yesterday the pilots broke the rules and are directly responsible for the four deaths and eight injuries in the socalled friendly fire incident in The investigators explain when and But they dont say why the airman bombed the Canadian night firing exercise even after he was told to hold his Only the pilot identified in pub lished reports as Harry Schmidt of the Illinois air national guard and hes not He answered some written questions for the Canadian but declined to appear in We certainly would have loved to have the pilot in front of us theres no capability for me as chairman of the board to compel the pilot to come in front of said Maurice the retired general who led the Canadian investiga James the pilots said his client didnt know friendly forces were training in the darkness below The reports acknowledged that the pilots werent told about the The pilot also followed the proper defensive procedures in place at the Key said in a statement from a air base in He believed that his and the other pilots lives were at and he took defensive Soldiers confident in Afghanistan Due rather than is at the top of the minds of most Canadian soldiers who found out two pilots are to blame for the bombing deaths of their four their commanding offi cer said But the more than 800 soldiers on the ground whove taken pains to move beyond the April 18 friendlyfire inci dent are confident that due process will Pat Stogran Soldiers werent surprised by the findings of two boards of released which concluded that two American pilots involved in the incident were the direct cause of the The reports also concluded that Canadian troops followed proper proce dures during their livefire when one of the pilots due process Stogran mistook them for hostile forces and dropped a Although their suspicions have now been soldiers are most inter ested in getting on with said Were not here to seek or to satisfy our he said in his dusty office in the Kandahar airport Were all disciplined professionals in this and I think were all comfort able with the process taking its Stogran wouldnt comment on whether the pilots should be disci plined for their Ive been living in fear of one of my soldiers shooting another one of my sol And I would like to think that if negligence was we would treat it in an impartial and unbiased manner and let justice take its Canadian Press Whos on 1 st WeCellWireless Motorola T193 GSM Cell Phone Free Internet Access 2 months in store credit Free camp chair Q ROGERS 7272381 6501st after new activitatton required SERVING WESTMAN SINCE 1972 FOUNDATIONS GARAGE ETC CALL NOW FOR 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after an airborne con trol plane told the F16s not to The pilots actions were not consis tent with either the expected practice for a defensive threat reaction or existing pub lished the Canadian investi gation This represented a fail ure of airmanship and The American report was equally harsh The inquiry found the cause of the friendly fire incident to be the failure of the two pilots to exercise appropriate flight which resulted in a viola tion of the rules of engagement and an inappropriate use of lethal The also cited failings within the pilots immediate command structures as contributing fac Baril dismissed the idea of contribut ing The were the two individuals who were in a position to stop the chain of events that caused the death of our sol diers and thats why we said unequivocal ly that they were the cause of the acci he told a news The Canadian soldiers were cleared of any responsibility by both Canadian troops conducting the live fire exercise followed all appropriate pro cedures and Defence Minister John McCallum told a news The report said the planes were on their way home after a long patrol when they saw what looked like fire works on the ground and believed it was hostile This was likely muzzle flashes and tracer trails from the Canadian exer The lead pilot requested and received permission to determine the precise co ordinates of the The second F16 pilot then requested permission to fire his 20 mm cannon at the but an AWACS airborne control plane in the vicinity instructed him to hold That pilot then declared that he was rolling in in selfdefence and released the Baril said that even without the per sonal testimony of the pilots he was satis fied his board had access to all the docu mentation and testimony needed to draw solid an emergency room user YERS NORRIS PENN Its not always easy to know if a medical problem needs emergency In some emergency medical treatment is a Other conditions are best dealt with by your family doctor or at a local 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