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Here's What Happened In The Final Minutes Of Capt. Jeff Haney's F-22 Raptor Crash

Here's What Happened In The Final Minutes Of Capt. Jeff Haney's F-22 Raptor Crash
Here's What Happened In The Final Minutes Of Capt. Jeff Haney's F-22 Raptor Crash - Business Insider

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Captain Jeff Haney was one of the Air Force's best pilots; so when he crashed his F-22 Raptor into the Alaskan countryside in November 2010 it was very difficult to believe he was at fault.

He wasn't. It was the oxygen system that starved Haney of oxygen in the moments before his death resulting in the crash.

The following play-by-play, documents the final moments of Capt. Haney, and comes from the U.S. Air Force Aircraft Investigation Report.

At 6:17 p.m. on November 16, 2010 Capt. Jeffrey Haney departed Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska

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Capt. Haney had been out with two other F-22s on an opposed surface attack tactics (SAT) training mission — a mock bombing run

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flikr/Official U.S. Air Force photo by Taylor Worley

The evening was dark, cold, and clear with unlimited visibility and 74 percent moon illumination over snow-covered terrain

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flikr/Official U.S. Air Force photo by George Goslin

The tactical portion of the flight was completed without incident and the jets were on a nice steady cruise back to base

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flikr/Official U.S. Air Force photo by Kasey Close

Moments later the lead pilot called on Haney to rejoin the formation and he climbed right to get back into the group

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flikr/Official U.S. Air Force photo by Jacob N. Bailey

At 7:42, a C BLEED HOT caution advisory flashed through the Raptor's monitoring systems, saying the craft had detected an oxygen leak and would shut off oxygen

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At that point Capt. Haney began a descent and "retarded" the throttles, pulling them back to idle

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flikr/Official U.S. Air Force photo by George Goslin

30 seconds later Haney was in a 240 degree roll, that brought him upside down, nose down, tilted to the ground

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flikr/Official U.S. Air Force photo by DeAndre Curtiss

One-and-a-half seconds later Haney tried to recover from the roll and straighten himself out

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flikr/Official U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Spalding

Three seconds after that, the F-22 plowed into the ground going faster than the speed of sound

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Haney never attempted to eject and died instantly

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After a lengthy investigation the Air Force found that Capt. Haney's oxygen system shut off, forcing him into hypoxia. Deprived of oxygen Jeff Haney could have passed out, and shot into seizure, or a coma, before he hit the ground.

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Jeff Haney's wife is suing multiple defense companies for her husband's death

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The Pentagon paid $77.4 billion for 180 F-22s, and though they were cleared for combat in 2005, the US military has yet to use a single Raptor in battle

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