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U.S. jet feared to have crashed off Italy

By CNN Staff
updated 11:13 AM EST, Thu January 31, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Search teams find debris thought to belong to the jet
  • The F-16 went went missing Monday over the Adriatic Sea
  • A search for the pilot continues

(CNN) -- Italian search teams have found debris thought to belong to a U.S. fighter jet that went missing, the U.S. military said Tuesday.

Controllers lost contact with the F-16 around 8 p.m. Monday (2 p.m. ET) while the jet was on a training flight, the U.S. Air Force reported

The jet's last known location was over the Adriatic Sea, some 10-15 nautical miles east of Cervia.

Search teams have found no sign of the pilot, though they're continuing the search, officials said.

The jet was based at Aviano Air Base, a key NATO installation in northern Italy.

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