COPY-F-16s trail plane taken in Canada and flown south

Associated Press - April 6, 2009 10:24 PM ET

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WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - A single-engine airplane flown away from an airport in Canada by a student pilot Monday is reported to have landed in southeastern Missouri after being trailed by two jet fighters from Wisconsin.

Laura Brown of the Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna 172 landed on a dirt road at Ellsinore, Mo., near Poplar Bluff and the pilot ran away.

She said local law enforcement are responding.

The pilot hadn't communicated with authorities through the entire flight.

In Wisconsin, the incident caused the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison to be evacuated as a precaution as the plane flew through that section of the state.

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