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Dutch send 3 F-16s to search for Alabama teen in Aruba

July 3, 2005 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The Netherlands is sending three F-16 jet fighters with search equipment to Aruba to help in the search for Natalee Holloway, a teenager from Alabama who disappeared May 30 during a school trip.

Dutch F-16 equipped with an Orpheus recce pod.

A spokesman for the Aruban government said the jets equipped with infrared and sonar should arrive Sunday afternoon.

The planes are being sent after Aruban Justice Minister Rudy Croes requested more help from Holland, the Caribbean island's former colonizer.

Holloway, 18, from Mountain Brook, Alabama, disappeared on the last of a five-day graduation trip with 124 classmates.

Three young men have been detained in connection with the disappearance: Dutch teenager Joran van der Sloot and his friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18.

They were the last ones seen with Holloway the night she disappeared.