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Search for US Air Force jet

The US Air Force has confirmed it has lost contact with the a F-16 fighter jet that left an air base in Italy earlier today and the status of the pilot is "unknown".

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Search continues for US fighter jet in Italy

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.

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.

– Col. David W. Walker, 31st Operations Group commander

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