Settlement reached in Haney F-22 crash lawsuit

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The court case of the widow of US Air Force Captain Jeff Haney versus the contractors who built the F-22 Raptor and its life-support systems has been settled. Haney was killed in a tragic 16 November, 2010, crash in Alaska.

"The Haney Litigation has been resolved. The terms of the settlement are confidential. We have no further comment," says Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor which built the stealthy, supersonically cruising air superiority fighter.

Boeing, the major subcontractor which integrated the jet's life-support system mirrors the Lockheed statement. "The matter has settled, the settlement terms are confidential, and the company has no further comment," the company says.

Pratt & Whitney, which manufactured the Raptor's F119 engines and associated bleed-air system, did not have prepared statement, but a spokesman echoed statements from Boeing and Lockheed.

Honeywell, which manufactured the aircraft's on-board oxygen generation system (OBOGS) and environmental control systems (ECS) could not be reached for comment by press time.

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Anna Haney, wife of the deceased pilot, filed the original complaint on 5 March 2012 in a court in Cook County, Illinois. The lawsuit sought compensation, which would have been chosen by the court, for Haney and her two daughters Ava and Stella Rose under the Wrongful Death Act.

The lawsuit had alleged that the contractors designed and built the F-22 Raptor with defective life-support systems including the OBOGS, ECS and bleed air system. The suit also alleged that system was built without adequate backup safety measures or proper sensors to warn the pilot if there is a problem.