Pilot Missing in F-22 Crash ID’d by Air Force as Capt. Jeffrey HaneyNovember 19th, 2010 - 11:40 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason
Nov 19 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The United States Air Force has identified the pilot which has been missing since Tuesday, after his jet vanished from radar, as Capt Jeffrey Haney of the 525th Fighter Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska.
The F-22 single seat jet aircraft took of from the joint Air Force and Army base on Tuesday morning for a training run. Along with a second F-22, individual intercepts were practiced, and the mission was almost complete when the plane vanished off of ground radar tracking, and the other aircraft lost communications with it, at around 7:40 pm.
The crash site was found by searchers almost a hundred miles north of Anchorage, Alaska on Wednesday morning, and a helicopter from the Alaska Air National Guard managed to land with pararescuemen by that afternoon.
The Air Force has not recovered enough of the aircraft yet to be sure whether or not Capt Haney was able to deploy his ejection seat. Air rescue is still searching for a parachute, or a fire which may have been started by the pilot in the event he survived the crash.
Capt Haney is married, and has two kids. He has been stationed at the base in Anchorage for four and a half years, and joined the Air Force in 2003. He is from Jackson, Michigan.
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