Report: Coastguard asks cargo ships to help in jet search

The Press Association has reported that an Italian coastguard plane is involved in the search mission for a missing F-16 jet.

Rescue boats are also involved, as well as three cargo ships, that were asked to help out with the search.

U.S. F-16, similar to the missing jet, can be seen here flying towards Italy to join with the Italian air force in a training mission Credit: U.S. Air Force

Commander Cosimo Nicastro of the Italian coastguard said: "The visibility is already poor because it is night, but there is also sleet."


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".