Photo of the helicopter tail that Williams claimed he was on board when hit by RPG shell
Media anchors and reporters are in the habit of dramatizing war events - but not in this case as the soldiers came forward to deny a report that were made by NBA anchor Brian Williams.
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The strong rebuttal by the soldiers and pilots have forced NBC news anchor Brian Williams to admit that he wasn't aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by enemy fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The NBC news anchor has often repeated the war story over the past 12 years about how the aircraft he was on was forced down by enemy fire. During a report on Friday, Williams went further and said that the aircraft he was on had actually been hit - a claim that quickly prompted denials from soldiers who were present.
However, while Williams apologized during his NBC Nightly News bulletin on Wednesday and said that he was 'mistaken', he didn't seem too worried about the furor as he enjoyed a New York Rangers game with his good friend Tom Hanks later in the evening.
See what Williams reported in the video below: