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alph2z 4th Sep 2007 18:38

Steve Fossett missing - Final NTSB Report
Steve Fossett missing and being searched for after taking off in a single engine.


TO from Hilton Ranch last night 6 pm apprx.

Acrobatic plane. No parachute.


nippysweetie 4th Sep 2007 18:58

Last seen taking off from Nevada in a single-engine Citabra Super Decathlon last night, according to reports from the US

alph2z 4th Sep 2007 19:01

Now they're saying noon yesterday.

Civil Airpatrol.

James Stephen Fossett (born April 22, 1944, in Jackson, Tennessee) is an American aviator and adventurer known for his appetite to set world records. Fossett, who made his fortune in the American financial services industry, is best known for his five world record non-stop circumnavigations of the Earth: as a long-distance solo balloonist, as a sailor, and as a solo airplane pilot. Fossett has set 116 records in five different sports, 76 of which still stand.[1]

Fossett grew up in Garden Grove, California. In 1966 he graduated from Stanford University with a BA. In 1968 he graduated with a MBA from The Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and today is on the Board of Trustees. Fossett is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and The Explorers Club........

nippysweetie 4th Sep 2007 19:11

Several search teams involved 'working on some leads', but at this stage no flight plan is believed to have been filed

ORAC 4th Sep 2007 19:15

(CNN) -- World aviation record-holder Steve Fossett is missing and a massive search is under way in western Nevada, a Nevada aviation spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Fossett took off from a private air strip known as Flying M Ranch, 30 miles south of Yerington, Nevada, at about 6 p.m. local time Monday, with enough fuel for four to five hours of flight, according to the Civil Air Patrol.

Civil Air Patrol Maj. Cynthia S. Ryan said authorities are searching hundreds of miles of rugged terrain in western Nevada. They also are analyzing information from radar intelligence to try to track Fossett.

Six search aircraft with three-man crews are taking part in the search, and high winds are posing problems, she said. Aircraft from the Naval Air Station Fallon, in Fallon, Nevada, and the California Highway Patrol also are aiding the search......

nippysweetie 4th Sep 2007 19:42

officials say he took off at 8.45am from the private airstrip. aircraft now said to be a Bellanca, carrying an estimated 4-5hrs of fuel

saman 4th Sep 2007 19:51

I pray they find him soon. He is one great guy.

nippysweetie 4th Sep 2007 19:54

Ditto, Saman. Search got under way 6pm local time yesterday ...

ChristiaanJ 4th Sep 2007 20:26

Even made French TV news this evening. Monitoring this frequency.

aviate1138 4th Sep 2007 20:28

No ELT info? At least that might indicate a soft landing - hopefully.

SeenItAll 4th Sep 2007 20:59

Longer story on Fossett's achievements and disappearance

Leezyjet 4th Sep 2007 21:19

Doesn't he wear one of those expensive Breitling watches with the emergency transmitter built in ?. He certainly had one during his RTW flights.

Hope he is ok though.


nippysweetie 4th Sep 2007 21:31

Fossett was apparently scouting for dry lake beds for a forthcoming project (land-speed record bid). Flight conditions described as 'optimal' *light winds, vis 10miles.
Winds today much stronger, and not helping those searching

nippysweetie 4th Sep 2007 21:36

Leezyjet, think the Breitling was lent to him by Branson for the RTW, and was auctioned off for charity later. No transmissions of any sort being picked up by search teams, sadly


bomarc 4th Sep 2007 21:50

i live in reno...maybe 100 miles from the start of the search area.

to the west are some of the highest mountains in the 48 states, including mount whitney, tallest peak in the 48.

to the east is desert...large flat areas, little water, though a few lakes that might be interesting...it is also near the nevada nuclear test site, sort of close to other interesting places like area 51...but don't think that the saucers got him...

I do hope he is found safely...maybe with a smile on his face



boguing 4th Sep 2007 22:36

Come on Steve, 'phone home. You're needed.

pchappo 4th Sep 2007 23:15

hope he is found - he is a great ambasador for the flying world!

Sensible 5th Sep 2007 00:15

A big problem there for Steve is that the daytime temperatures are in the high 80's and there is not going to be any shelter unless he can use the aircraft or broken parts of it to make a shelter. He is unlikely to have any substantial quantity of water with him either.

RobertS975 5th Sep 2007 00:23

Even if a controlled forced landing did not activate the ELT, he could manually switch it on assuming he is not injured.

UV 5th Sep 2007 01:44

Steve Fossett missing
Was on the 10 pm news tonight....

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