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US fighter jet missing on training mission

A 31st Fighter Wing United State Air Force F-16 jet fighter lands at the Aviano NATO airbase, in Aviano, Italy, on March 25, 2011. The headquarters of the 31st Fighter Wing issued a brief statement saying they lost contact with a F-16 fighter with one pilot aboard Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, during a training mission off the coast of Italy. Initial word was that the F-16 was not carrying weapons. There was no immediate word on the fate of the plane or the pilot. In background a C-17 plane is seen. Photo by AP Photo File, Luca Bruno