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Body Of Missing Air Force Pilot Found In Adriatic Sea

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A U.S. Air Force Block 40 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway/Released)

A U.S. Air Force Block 40 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway/Released)

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ROME (CBS/AP) — The body of a U.S. Air Force pilot whose F-16 fighter jet went missing Monday during a nighttime training mission has been found in the Adriatic Sea.

The family of Capt. Lucas Gruenther said his body was found on Thursday afternoon.

Italian rescue teams were joined by F-16s in the search for Gruenther, and earlier in the week recovered debris believed to belong to his aircraft.

In a statement, the Gruenther family thanked “the many people who volunteered their time and resources to help bring Luc home.”

Gruenther was with the 31st Fighter Wing, based at Aviano Air Base in Italy. The Air Force declined to give his age.

The Modesto (Calif.) Bee newspaper has reported that Gruenther is from Twain Harte, California.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

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