Aug 11, 2011 6:22 AM by Kate Richards

Missing fighter jet

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman says military officials are searching for a Marine Corps fighter jet that went missing over the Pacific Ocean near San Diego.

Spokesman Henry Dunphy says the aircraft was flying with another jet when contact with the plane was lost. He says crews are searching for the F/A-18 Hornet in the area about 60 miles southwest of San Diego and 35 miles west of Ensenada, Mexico.

Dunphy says the Coast Guard was notified about the missing jet around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Several aircraft are being used in the search and rescue mission. Two Coast Guard cutters and a Navy ship have been diverted into the area.

A Marine Corps spokesman says the jet is assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California.




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