That being said, though, I think that Army aviators need to take note and examine the incident on the Mavi Marmara in detail. Indeed, the After-Action Review process is a valuable one, allowing us to refine our doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures.
Let's examine the aircrew training manual for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, particularly, the chapter on "Fast Roping" (Task 2054).
I think this handy visual aid might assist the crew in determining the suitability of the landing zone.
Ahem, when the Aircrew Training Manual says that the duties of the Non-Rated Crewmember and the pilot not on the controls involve providing "adequate warning of obstacles", this might include, you know, dudes with clubs. Just a thought.
Be sure to weigh in at any of the discussion boards mentioned earlier.
(Picture courtesy Commander Herb Carmen)