Missing F-22 Raptor Found: Crash in Alaska?

Military officials have found the wreckage of the missing Air Force F-22 Raptor near Denali National Park, about 100 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. The jet was from the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and a part of the 3rd Wing.

The pilot, whose name was not released, was on a routine nighttime training mission. His fate is unknown, as rescue teams have been unable to land at the crash site.

There was no indication whether the pilot ejected, a military spokesman said. Searchers found no sign of the pilot at the crash site.

What is the name of the missing pilot? Do you think he is still alive somewhere?

asked by Stay in Aircraft | 3374 views | 11-19-2010 at 12:07 AM

The pilot of the F-22 Raptor was Air Force Capt. Jeffrey A. Haney. His stepfather, Mike Viane, confirmed that his stepson was the pilot who was flying the F-22 Raptor which air traffic controllers lost contact with Tuesday night during a training flight from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Rescue aircraft and the Alaska Air National Guard scoured the crash site on Wednesday morning while two Air Guard helicopters and a C-130 airplane searched for signs of the pilot's potential survival, such as a parachute or a campfire.
But they didn't find a thing.

If the pilot is still alive, there are some concerns about his health. Temperatures dipped below zero both Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

The pilot's survival kit would be equipped for the freezing Alaskan weather, provided he was able to eject in time.
Much of the local Air Force community were holding out hope that the pilot would be found alive.

answered by Past | 11-19-2010 at 12:08 AM

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