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Campus candlelight vigil set for missing pilot

Nov. 19, 2010

KALAMAZOO--A candlelight vigil will be held at Western Michigan University late Friday, Nov. 19, for Air Force Capt. Jeffrey Haney, who is missing following the crash of his F-22 Raptor during training maneuvers in Alaska.

The vigil is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Campus Flagpoles, a gathering area at the center of the main campus. It is being organized by faculty, staff and students of the College of Aviation.

Haney's F-22 disappeared from radar late Tuesday while on maneuvers in the interior of Alaska near Denali National Park. A search and rescue operation was initiated by the Air Force and wreckage of his plane has been located, but he has not been found. Search and rescue efforts continue in the area surrounding the crash location.

Haney, of Jackson, Mich., is a 2002 alumnus of the University who earned a degree in aviation flight science. A standout pilot during his years at WMU, he was co-captain of the Sky Broncos precision flight team in May 2002, when the team last won the National Intercollegiate Flying Association championship. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 2003.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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