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Joint Base Elmendor-Richardson, Alaska -- Aerial view of the F-22 Raptor crash site located approximately 100 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremiah Erickson)
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Missing F-22 pilot update

Posted 11/19/2010   Updated 11/20/2010 Email story   Print story


11/19/2010 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska --  Air Force officials here announced today that search and rescue teams have found conclusive evidence the pilot of the F-22 Raptor missing since Tuesday night did not survive the crash.

Air Force Capt. Jeffrey Haney, assigned to the 525th Fighter Squadron, 3rd Wing, has been missing since the crash, however, a thorough search and rescue operation continued until today.

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 Air Force 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.

"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 JBER community.

"Right now, our focus is on Jeff's family," 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, Tuesday, 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 on Wednesday in a remote, rugged area approximately 100 miles north of Anchorage near Denali National Park.

Airmen and Soldiers from the 3rd Wing, the 673d Air Base Wing and U.S. Army Alaska's 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade converged on the site Wednesday and Thursday 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. The Air Force is standing up a safety investigation board to determine the cause of the mishap.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the college fund for Captain Haney's daughters may be made at 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."

11/24/2010 6:33:29 PM ET
My deepest sympathy goes to the Haney family in their time of bereavement. Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal. Be encouraged
Mike, Eareckson AS
11/23/2010 11:45:43 AM ET
God bless Capt Haney and his family at this trying time. His loss is a loss to the USAF and America. He was a hero ever time he flew his F-22.
mike krieger, Lakewood Colorado
11/22/2010 12:21:22 PM ET
To the family friends and AirmenServicemen of the USAF JBER my heartfelt condolences to all for the loss of Captain Jeffrey Haney. My prayers and thoughts are with you through this challenging time. God Bless you and keep you strong. My sincere gratitude for Mr. Haneys Service and Dedication.Glenn JBER
11/21/2010 4:11:53 PM ET
Condolences to Captain Haney's family and his fellow airmen. May God bless him and welcome him to heaven as the hero he is. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country Captain Haney you will always be in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless your family and give them strength and courage in this sad and difficult time.
Marsdenstar , Texas
11/21/2010 12:02:38 PM ET
All here in the UK send our heart felt condolences to the family work colleagues and friends of Captain Haney.Pat
pat carty, England UK
11/20/2010 10:18:43 PM ET
they seem to be getting younger and younger. my thoughts and prayers go the the Haney's family
Jared, Osan AB
11/20/2010 7:04:03 PM ET
Our prayers are with Captain Haney's family friends and military brothers and sisters all of whom have lost so much in this tragic accident. May God's peace and comfort be upon them during this very difficult time. Thank you Captain Haney for your service...and for giving your all to protect my freedom. Until we meet again...
Leslie Echols, Eagle River AK
11/20/2010 2:21:12 AM ET
I offer my condolences to Captain Haney's family and friendsalso to his fellow airmen and women. Very sad ending to this story. I hope the AF sorts out the cause. God Bless.
Gail ONeill, Idaho
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