Two SAS soldiers died in Iraq helicopter crash because of ‘notoriously bad’ radios

A helicopter crash in Iraq which killed two SAS soldiers has been blamed on “notoriously bad” radios.

Sgt John Battersby, 30, and Tpr Lee Fitzsimmons, 26, died after the Puma helicopter in which they were chasing insurgents crash-landed before exploding.

The pilot of the helicopter, known only as Soldier J, told an inquest into the deaths of the two men that he believed their lives would not have been lost if he had not had to use shoddy radio devices.

Sgt John Battersby, 30, and Tpr Lee Fitzsimmons, 26, died after the Puma helicopter in which they were chasing insurgents crash-landed before exploding.

The pilot of the helicopter, known only as Soldier J, told an inquest into the deaths of the two men that he believed their lives would not have been lost if he had not had to use shoddy radio devices.

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