TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

U.S. fighter jet missing off coast of Italy

About The Tribune-Review
The Tribune-Review can be reached via e-mail or at 412-321-6460.
Contact Us | Video | Photo Reprints

Daily Photo Galleries


By From Wire Reports

Published: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, 9:12 p.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. and Italian aircraft searched the Adriatic Sea after losing contact with a U.S. fighter jet believed to have crashed during a training mission off the coast of Italy.

The headquarters of the 31st Fighter Wing, at Aviano Air Base in Italy, said in a statement that the F-16 fighter had one pilot aboard when contact was lost on Monday evening.

There was no early word on the fate of the plane or the pilot.

“The search for and rescue of our pilot is our top priority,” said Col. David W. Walker, 31st operations group commander at Aviano. “We want to assure the family and friends of the lost airman that we are doing everything we can for this effort.”

Initial word was that the F-16, which had taken off from Aviano, was not carrying weapons.

Italian aircraft and boats were helping in the search.

The paramilitary Carabinieri force deployed helicopters, the Italian coast guard had motorboats in the area and Italian air force helicopters were involved.

The search was focused on waters off a 9.5-mile stretch of coast between Cervia and Cesenatico in the northwestern end of the Adriatic.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Warnings on youths, codeine unheeded; lack of effectiveness, dangers had been raised
  2. Shale oil, gas drilling boom wins favor with labor unions, thwarting environmentalists
  3. Art from ‘Dick and Jane’ series set for auction
  4. Postal Service overhaul expected to appeal to Dems
  5. Wyoming officials to drill at landslide’s crest
  6. Navy endorses 24-hour sleep cycle for sailors
  7. Study of corn waste as fuel source finds gasoline less damaging to atmosphere
  8. Space station receives Easter cargo delivery
  9. Ruling on Cleveland police chase questioned
  10. Seafood study: Up to 32 percent imported to U.S. is caught illegally
  11. SpaceX supply ship makes Easter cargo delivery to space station
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.