Carbon Monoxide Possible Factor in F-22 Crash

It is looking more likely that the air handling system in the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor jet fighter may have been a factor in Captain Jeffrey Haney’s death in a crash last winter near the Denali Highway.  The planes were grounded in May because of worries about the oxygen generation equipment on board.  Defense News is now reporting military sources as saying the cold weather practice of warming the jets inside the hangar could have been allowing carbon monoxide to accumulate in the fighters’ air handling system.  This could cause a pilot to black out during high-G maneuvers such as the turn Captain Haney was reportedly taking when his plane fell out of the sky.

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