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    U.S. and Italian aircraft on Monday searched the Adriatic Sea after losing contact with a U.S. fighter jet during a training mission off the coast of Italy.

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

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

    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 also involved.

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

    Italian news agency LaPresse said the F-16 had sent an alarm signal to Aviano before it disappeared, and that three other F-16s that were flying in the same training mission made it safely back to Aviano base.

    Weather conditions were difficult.

    `'The visibility is already poor because it is night, but there is also sleet" in the area hampering visibility, said Italian Coast Guard Cmdr. Cosimo Nicastro. The coast guard asked three commercial cargo ships in the area to help out. The area of sea where the search was being concentrated was approximately 10 miles off the coast, Nicastro said.

    An Italian coast guard plane was also involved in the search mission, along with its rescue boats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostfound30 View Post
    U.S. and Italian aircraft on Monday searched the Adriatic Sea after losing contact with a U.S. fighter jet during a training mission off the coast of Italy.

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

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

    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 also involved.

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

    Italian news agency LaPresse said the F-16 had sent an alarm signal to Aviano before it disappeared, and that three other F-16s that were flying in the same training mission made it safely back to Aviano base.

    Weather conditions were difficult.

    `'The visibility is already poor because it is night, but there is also sleet" in the area hampering visibility, said Italian Coast Guard Cmdr. Cosimo Nicastro. The coast guard asked three commercial cargo ships in the area to help out. The area of sea where the search was being concentrated was approximately 10 miles off the coast, Nicastro said.

    An Italian coast guard plane was also involved in the search mission, along with its rescue boats.
    When they are flying in a non combat zone there life vest and seat has a satellite beacon that automatically activates Is this true?
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    Im not sure but with todays tech and the value of that pilots life and the cost of the jet you would hope so. I mean even if the jets lost hopefully he was able to eject and they could find him.It seems that if all they got was an alarm signal the pilot must of not had a functional radio for whatever reason or did have time to talk and had to punch out immediately. I think the real danger will be the water temp if thats where he landed if he was able to eject safely.Lets pray they find him quick.
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    Only if the Pilot had ejected would the Beacon transmit, and if in a Training, but Not in a Hostile Environment As far as Ejecting over the Ocean, chances are he had a Dry/exposure suit, If WX and Policies/Procedures Warrants. I was a Life Support Spec. for over 18 yrs. Ive been to Aviano. We can hope!

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    They found the pilot. Unfourtanetly he died. MSN had it on there website.

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    RIP. I read that his wife is expecting their first child too.

 

 

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