A U.S. military team flew to Vientiane in Laos Saturday to work with Laotian experts to dig for the remains of an American pilot missing since his reconnaissance jet crashed more than 20 years ago, a U.S. spokesman said.

"The team flew to Vientiane early this morning and then began moving equipment to the site by helicopter," said Lt. Col. Thomas Boyd, spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command. "They are setting up camp and probably won't start working on the excavation until tomorrow."Boyd said the 16-man team will join with Laotian counterparts to excavate the site where an F-8 reconnaissance plane crashed near the town of Sepone not far from the Ho Chi Minh Trail in March 1968.