“AC/DC Kept My Hopes Alive” Says Black Hawk Down Survivor (Yup, Seriously!)
Black Hawk Down survivor Michael Durant has explained how AC/DC helped to keep his hopes alive while he lay critically injured as a prisoner in Somalia.
Durant was a pilot of one of two Black Hawks that were shot out of the sky during Somalia in 1993, during an attempt to capture infamous warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
Durant’s entire team was killed and he was captured, remaining in captivity for 11 days before finally being freed – but it was AC/DC that gave him hope throughout the whole ordeal.
“I get shot down and we’re forced to fight it out on our own,” comments the man himself. “The enemy overruns us – when they do that they kill everybody.
“They initially looked like they were going to kill me, but somebody realised I had a value as a live prisoner. In the process I got my cheekbone, nose and eye socket broken. It was terrifying – am I going to live through the next five seconds?”
“When you’re in captivity and you hear an aircraft, the first thing you think is, ‘Do they know where I am?’”
Then, as he was lying in bits and pieces, he heard the sound of helicopters overhead blaring out an unmistakable song.
“Then I hear this ‘Bong.’ and the beginning of Hell’s Bells. It was an incredible moment. They had loudspeakers attached to this Black Hawk and they were flying around broadcasting. The hope was that I would hear.
“Immediately following the song I hear this voice: ‘Mike, we won’t leave here without you.’ It’s something I’ll never forget.”
Michael spoke on the amazing incident in new, unofficial AC/DC documentary Beyond The Thunder, of which you can see a clip below: