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."

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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".