Military ends joint operation to recover crashed F-22

December 3, 2010 

A joint Army-Air Force effort took to Interior Alaska in a recovery effort in November after an Air Force F-22 Raptor went down south of the Denali Highway.

The military operation, which involved vehicles, aircraft and personnel from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, got under way shortly after the plane disappeared the night of Nov. 16 during a training flight with another F-22. The pilot of the aircraft, Capt. Jeffrey Haney, died in the crash.

The military effort operated out of a headquarters on the Denali Highway and was aimed at recovering the pilot's remains and the aircraft. An investigation is also under way to determine the cause of the crash.

"The weather and terrain were particularly challenging and presented extreme mobility challenges for our vehicles and soldiers," Army Lt. Col. Marc Hoffmeister, commander of the 6th Engineer Battalion, said in a written statement.

The military announced on Wednesday that the join effort had ended.

Military ends joint operation in Interior to recover crashed F-22

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