This 2003 photo released by the U.S. Air Force Academy shows Capt. Lucas Gruenther. The U.S. Air Force has identified Gruenther as the pilot of an F-16 fighter jet that went missing Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 on a training mission over the Adriatic Sea. Photo: U.S. Air Force Academy

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 Associated Press

The Seattle Times

ROME —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.

 

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