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Japan, U.S. end rescue operations for missing pilot.

AOMORI, Japan, Nov. 15 Kyodo

Japan and the United States on Wednesday ended their joint search and rescue operations for a missing American pilot whose F-16 jet collided with another F-16 in midair Monday over the Sea of Japan off southwestern Hokkaido.

The U.S. Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture said in a statement that the lengthy search since the collision has led to the conclusion that the pilot, Capt. Warren B. Sneed, was ''lost at sea and deceased.''

''The entire Misawa community feels the loss of Capt. Sneed and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sneed family,'' Brig. Gen. Chip Utterback, the Misawa base's commander, said.

The joint search and rescue operations involved the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, the Japan Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy's Kitty Hawk battle group and the U.S. Air Force.

The other U.S. pilot was rescued after the collision, which occurred during a joint air drill.
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Date:Nov 20, 2000
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