Air Force Makes Changes to F-22 Fighter Planes After it Plays a Role in the Death of Pilots
Jeff Haney died in 2010 after plane crash
ANCHORAGE - The Air Force has made changes to the handles that engage the emergency oxygen system in its entire fleet of F-22 Raptor fighter jets, after they were found to have played a role in the death of one of its pilots.
His widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the F-22 is unreasonably defective and the oxygen generation and other life support systems were responsible for her husband’s death.
Other pilots have reported that the jet's oxygen systems were not supplying them enough air, causing wooziness.
The issue caused the Air Force to ground the entire fleet of fighter jets last year.
An accident investigation report released by the Air Force in December found that Haney was unable to pull the handle to engage the emergency oxygen system, contributing to the F-22's crash.