Thursday, November 18, 2010

F22 Crash in Alaska: Pilot Remains Missing

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An F-22 Air Force fighter jet crashed in an isolated area in the interior of Alaska on Tuesday night and military personnel and vehicles were deployed to search for the missing pilot, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

The stealth jet vanished on radar and Air Force personnel lost contact with the pilot at around 7:40 p.m. local time on Tuesday. CNN reports that the wreckage was discovered on Wednesday but the pilot, dead or alive, has yet to be found.

The crash site is located around 100 miles north of Anchorage, northwest of the town of Cantwell, Alaska.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this missing Airman, and we thank all Alaskans for their continued support and prayers during this trying time," Air Force Colonel Jack McMullen told CNN. “Finding the missing pilot is our top priority.”

The pilot is identified as Captain Jeffrey Haney and he crashed when he was doing a routine training mission.

The Daily News reported that there was not any indication if he ejected before the plane crashed.

"They said it looked like a crater," Major Guy Hayes of the National Guard's Rescue Coordination Center told the News. "There was a stream nearby that was creating a lot of water in the crash site."

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