2 Afghan flight trainees missing from U.S. Air Force base in Georgia, officials say

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VALDOSTA, Ga. (WNCN) — Authorities are searching for two Afghan trainees who have disappeared from a US Air Force Base in Georgia, several media outlets report.

The two men, who are Afghan Air Force students and have been training for 9 months at the base, did not report for duty on Monday at Moody Air Force Base, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

The men are part of a program assigned to teach 30 pilots and 90 maintenance personnel from Afghanistan during the next four years, according to information previously released by Moody Air Force Base.

Officials from Moody Air Force Base said that the men “do not pose any apparent threat” but multiple law enforcement agencies received an alert from Moody officials, WALB-TV reported.

The missing pair were screened before they arrived at the Air Force Base in February, officials told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The Afghan personnel are being trained on the A-29 Super Tucano Light Air Support aircraft, which is a turboprop plane designed for light attack and aerial reconnaissance missions.

The 81st Fighter Squadron is training the Afghan students, who took their first flight over US soil at the base in March.

Nine of the Afghan pilots from Moody visited Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado for  high altitude training in September.

After completing their training in 2018 in the U.S., both the American and Afghan pilots will go to Afghanistan to help establish an Afghan A-29 fighter squadron.

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