14 March 2019, we held our monthly meeting at the
at the Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa, Arizona. Our guest speaker was
new Daedalian and
Flight 82 member, BGen Don Harvel, USAF Retired. He gave
a very interesting and disturbing presentation about his
experiences as President of the Accident Investigation Board that
reviewed the 2010 crash of a CV-22 in Afghanistan (see below).
After visiting the crash site, Gen Harvel's team of engineers and
other experts discovered that the probable cause was a double engine
compressor stall, just before landing. The earlier Safety
Board had concluded that it was pilot error, which was what the AF
leadership embraced for political reasons -- they wanted to buy more
aircraft. They wanted Don to change his report, but he would
not. Our members were thoroughly enjoyed hearing about an
officer who stood up for what was right!
Click for BGen Don Harvel's Biography.
Gen Harvel discussed the 2010 CV-22
Our members and guests enjoyed Gen
Gen Harvel was thanked by Flt Capt Stookey.
USAF Special Ops CV-22 Osprey.
Harvel flew the C-130 in the AF & ANG.
The United States Air Force
Special Operations Command (AFSOC) accepted delivery of their
first CV-22 Osprey at Hurlburt Field, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
on November 16, 2006. AFSOC was very aggressive to get the
airplane “combat capable” by deploying to numerous exercises and
enhanced training. The CV-22 was deployed to Bagram Air
Base in Afghanistan in April of 2010. Three Ospreys departed
Bagram Air Base on the evening of April 8th to
conduct the first combat mission involving the Osprey in
Afghanistan. The mission was to deliver 48 Army Rangers to take
out a high value target. While descended to the target landing
zone, the lead CV-22 suddenly impacted the ground. The
combat mission was quickly converted to a rescue and recovery
operation. Brig Gen (Retired) Don Harvel was selected by
AFSOC to be the President of the Accident Investigation Board.
His findings as to what caused the accident are as controversial
today (almost 9 years later) as they were when he released his
final report to the Air Force. To this day, CV-22 crews do not
discuss the April 8th, 2010 accident.