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| Thursday December 8, 2016
 
Raptor pilot Capt. Jeffrey Haney killed in Alaska crash
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Air Force officials here announced that search and rescue teams have found conclusive evidence the pilot of the F-22 Raptor missing since the night of Nov. 16 did not survive the crash.
18-11-2010 - ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Capt. Jeffrey Haney, assigned to the 3rd Wing's 525th Fighter Squadron, has been missing since the crash, however, a thorough search and rescue operation continued until today.

Captain Haney, from Clarklake, Mich., was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force in August 2003 and has been stationed here since June 2006.

"Based on evidence recovered from the crash site, and after two days of extensive aerial and ground search efforts, we know that Captain Haney did not eject from the aircraft prior to impact," said Col. Jack McMullen, 3rd Wing commander.

A recovery team at the crash site found a part of the ejection seat, along with several life support items that Captain Haney wore during the flight.


The area closed for aerial traffic due to the recovery operation.

"Sadly, we can no longer consider this a search and rescue operation, but must now focus on recovery operations," Colonel McMullen said.

"We are all extremely saddened by the loss of this great American, Airman and friend," the colonel continued. "Captain Haney will be missed by the entire 3rd Wing and the (Joint Base Elmendorf) community.

"Right now, our focus is on Jeff's family," Colonel McMullen said. "We mourn their loss, and they are in our thoughts and prayers. We are doing everything in our power to offer them support and aid them during this time of grief."

The aircraft lost contact with air traffic control at 7:40 p.m. Alaska time, Nov. 16, while on a nighttime training mission. Search and rescue aircraft from the Alaska Air National Guard's 11th Rescue Coordination Center discovered the wreckage of the aircraft Nov. 17 in a remote, rugged area approximately 100 miles north of Anchorage near Denali National Park.


Jeffrey Haney in 1999 (file photo)

Airmen and Soldiers from the 3rd Wing, the 673nd Air Base Wing and U.S. Army Alaska's 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade converged on the site Nov. 17 and 18 with assistance from the Alaska Air National Guard to continue the search for the pilot and prepare for recovery of the aircraft wreckage.

Recovery operations are currently underway and are expected to last several weeks. Air Force officials are standing up a safety investigation board to determine the cause of the mishap.

The Air Warrior Courage Foundation has set up an education fund for Captain Haney's children. Donations to the college fund for Captain Haney's daughters may be made at www.AirWarriorCourage.org specifying "For the Jeffrey Haney children." Or, donations can be made by check made out to AWCF, and mailed to AWCF, PO Box 877, Silver Spring, MD 20918-0877. The "For" line on the check should designate "For the Jeffrey Haney children."

Source: USAF

COMMENTS:

I am really saddened to learn the news of death
of this great and brave American

A Bhan | posted on Jan 07, 2011 @ 08:23


R.I.P. I hope his Family can carry his loss..
Was it until now found out why he did crash?
And why he didnt eject? Is it over Territory where People are living?
Questions over Questions....

Rest in Peace! And may God bless all Servicemembers worldwide!

karsten | posted on Feb 20, 2011 @ 14:19


I feel very saddened for the loss of this great American fighter pilot, and for his family....with all the respect R.I.P....
God bless you and your family..

vinny kohn | posted on Apr 26, 2011 @ 08:30


we never forget you, jeffrey haney ...

muhammad ichsan | posted on May 11, 2011 @ 12:57


We will miss you. You flew high to touch Gods hand.

Garry R Blaskie | posted on Aug 07, 2011 @ 15:29


In real air combat, is there a need to drive the plane at such a high height and at such high speed where dog fight combat can also be done at lower height and at lower speed, too.

It is a about the art of luring the enemy to a lower air-to-air height where combat chase and dog fight can be executed more stably and more accurately.

In other words. the speed and high height is not necessary a winning condition. It should be more about how to execute an art of maneuvring skill with a kungfu swoops to kill in air combat capability under normal air combat chase of height.

In short, there is not need to go into extremity of dirivng to the end of its mechanical ability in order to demonstrate its prowness of its air superiority and the tenacity of the speed of the pilot of the plane.

This man was killed because of this, which was unnecessary at all, as the outcome of a fighter pilot that developed of him had not produced anything ultimate out of him at all.





Top Guns | posted on Aug 03, 2013 @ 11:29


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