Brian Williams of “NBC Nightly News” apologized on his Wednesday broadcast for mistakenly saying he was aboard a helicopter that was hit by enemy fire while covering the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
The claim was made Friday in a “NBC Nightly News” story about Williams accompanying a retired soldier to a New York Rangers hockey game at Madison Square Garden.
The veteran, Tim Terpack, had provided ground security for the helicopters Williams claimed to have been aboard.
Williams said in the piece that “a helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG.”
The on-air apology came after Stars and Stripes reported it heard from crew members on the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook that was hit by rockets and small-arms fire in the incident that Williams described. They told the publication the anchor and his crew were not on the aircraft.