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TV Broadcaster Unfazed as Attack Helicopter Nearly Takes Her Head Off

A little too close for comfort. (The Caucasus Post/YouTube)

This article by James Clark originally appeared on Task & Purpose, a digital news and culture publication dedicated to military and veterans issues.

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The June 28 video by The Caucasus Post shows a broadcaster standing in the middle of a very busy flightline in Azerbaijan while reporting a segment on the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, according to the Aviationist.

As the broadcast begins, the reporter strays into the path of an oncoming Mi-24 helicopter gunship, and narrowly avoids disaster as the Hind gunship's stub wing and launch rail passes just a foot or so from her scalp. But she doesn't bat an eye. In fact, she stays put while about a dozen more Hind gunships fly by perilously close, and manages to wrap up the segment without losing her head.

James Clark is a staff writer for Task & Purpose. He is a former Marine combat correspondent and a veteran of the War in Afghanistan. You can reach him via email at James@taskandpurpose.com. Follow James Clark on Twitter @JamesWClark

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