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About the Author

Brigadier General (Retired) Donald D. Harvel retired from the U.S. Air Force in September of 2010 with over 34 years of military service.


After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1976, he received a commission into the U.S. Air Force. He attended pilot training at Williams Air Force base in Chandler, Arizona. After graduation, Don flew C-130 aircraft on active duty and in the Air National Guard. He was a squadron commander, group commander, and a wing commander. He also worked as the Air National Guard advisor to the commander of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). 


In August of 2019, Don retired from his job as a commercial airline pilot. He has over 20,000 hours of flying time in military and commercial aircraft.

The True Story of What Caused a
U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey to Crash in Afghanistan on April 9th, 2010

The true story of the CV-22 Osprey accident investigation from April to December 2010. What happens after a U.S. Air Force airplane crashes? How is the cause of the accident determined? Go behind the scenes as the Osprey accident investigation board works through hundreds of clues to determine why the accident occurred.