Military officials are coordinating search and rescue efforts after losing communication with an Aviano F-16 fighter jet after it left an Italian air base.
Group commander Colonel David Walker has issued a statement on the Aviano Air Base website.
– Col. David W. Walker, 31st Operations Group commander
The search for and rescue of our pilot is our top priority.
We want to assure the family and friends of the lost Airman that we are doing everything we can for this effort.