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Usaf F16 Down In The Adriatic

Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:46 pm

http://www.repubblica.it/cronaca/201...tti_forse_caduto_in_mare-51483578/

Article in italian only.

4x F16 aircraft out of Aviano (Italy) were flying a training mission over the adriatic sea, flying as 2 pairs of aircraft.

1x of the aircraft radioed that it had a "problem". The communication was received by his wingman, who was unable to follow the stricken F16 down as they were not flying in visual conditions.

The search area is roughly 10 miles offshore, and rescue operations are under way.
*Fingers crossed for the pilot.
 
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RE: Usaf F16 Down In The Adriatic

Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:02 pm

 
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RE: Usaf F16 Down In The Adriatic

Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:07 am

 
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RE: Usaf F16 Down In The Adriatic

Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:43 pm

After more than 15 hours since the crash occurred, nothing has been found by the rescuers with the exception of a large fuel spot.

Nothing encouraging so far...  
 
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RE: Usaf F16 Down In The Adriatic

Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:19 pm

Fragments of a carbon fiber panel have been found today by a Coast Guard ship.

Still no news about the pilot...
 
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RE: Usaf F16 Down In The Adriatic

Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:30 pm

Are there any updates about the missing pilot?
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RE: Usaf F16 Down In The Adriatic

Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:05 am

Quoting n53614 (Reply 5):
Are there any updates about the missing pilot?

The latest info in Croatia is that the pilot still hasn't been found (the search is continuing with fresh vessels).
No plane, no gain.
 
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RE: Usaf F16 Down In The Adriatic

Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:53 am

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20130129/APW/1301290722?tc=ar

The pilot has been named by the Air Force as Capt. Lucas Gruenther of the 31st Fighter Wing, based at Aviano Air Base in Italy.

Not looking good  
 
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RE: Usaf F16 Down In The Adriatic

Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:57 am

It was on the Italian news last night that a parachute was found in the water. Capt Gruenther is still missing. Its pretty somber around these parts.
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RE: Usaf F16 Down In The Adriatic

Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:37 pm

The Italian newpapers are reporting that the body of the pilot has been found by the Coast Guard.

http://lastampa.it/2013/01/31/italia...riS4suAx5Z0tsWAoGBZ7nK/pagina.html
 
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RE: Usaf F16 Down In The Adriatic

Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:11 pm

...sad news indeed  
 
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RE: Usaf F16 Down In The Adriatic

Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:58 pm

Quoting 777 (Reply 9):
The Italian newpapers are reporting that the body of the pilot has been found by the Coast Guard.

http://lastampa.it/2013/01/31/italia....html



Sad news. It notes he had a violent head injury.

my condolences to his family and colleagues.
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