October 3, 2008

Fossett’s Plane Found

The Los Angeles Times is reporting Steve Fossett's plane has been found in the mountains near Mammoth Lakes, California.

Billionaire Adventurer Steve Fossett disappeared back in September 2007 while flying solo. The subsequent search for Fossett was among the largest and most expensive in U.S. history. When the search turned up empty, speculation began that Fossett had faked his disappearance. Some people argued it was impossible for a plane to simply disappear—despite the fact that Fossett hadn't left a flight plan, leaving authorities with a nearly unlimited area to search.

The discovery of Fossett's plane was precipitated by a Mammoth ski shop owner, Preston Morrow, who found Fossett's wallet while hiking in Red's Meadow in the Inyo National Forest.

That find soon led searchers to the wreckage of the plane, as well as human remains, which have been sent to a lab for forensic identification.

According to the AP, there were large storm clouds over the Mammoth Area on the day Fossett disappeared, suggesting the possibility that foul weather may have been responsible for the crash.

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