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Search Continues For F-4 Phantom Jet Missing Over Pacific

August 13, 1986

HONOLULU (AP) _ Nine aircraft and a Coast Guard cutter searched thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean on Wednesday for signs of a Marine Corps F-4 Phantom jet missing with two men aboard.

The $6 million jet was on a training mission about 70 miles north of the island of Oahu when radar and communication contact was lost Monday.

Bad weather shortened the search Monday. Tuesday, there were no sightings of the men or debris and no emergency signals were picked up, a Marine Corps spokesman said.

Five Air Force airplanes, two Marine Corps helicopters, one Coast Guard helicopter and a Coast Guard C-130 plane took part in Wednesday’s search of a 5,000 square-mile area, said Guard spokesman Bob Jones said.

Aboard the Phantom were Capt. Thomas V. Simon, 31, whose hometown was not released, and First Lt. Stephen L. Viezer, 23, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. They were based at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station on Oahu.

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