COPY-F-16s following stolen plane

Associated Press - April 6, 2009 9:34 PM ET

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - A single-engine airplane flown away from an airport in Canada by a student pilot is flying over southeastern Missouri.

The pilot hadn't communicated with authorities, and it wasn't known if he might be incapacitated.

F-16 fighters have been dispatched to track the plane. As of about 8:15 p.m., it was north of Poplar Bluff.

Mike Kucharek (coo-CHAR-ic) of the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado says the pilot has been flying erratically and has not communicated with the fighter pilots, who intercepted the plane at the Michigan-Wisconsin border.

The plane is being tracked as a "fight safety issue" and the plane is not believed to be a terrorist threat.

The plane came from the Confederation College Flight School at Thunder Bay International Airport in Ontario.

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