October 2, 2008

Police: Missing Adventurer’s Plane Found

Police in Madera County, Calif., confirmed Thursday that the wreckage of missing adventurer Steve Fossett's airplane has been found.

Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said that the airplane appeared to have crashed directly into a mountain in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., in 2007, CNN reported. The sheriff also said Fossett's body has yet to be discovered.

"They did locate an aircraft which we have now confirmed is the one Steve Fossett was flying when it disappeared last Labor Day," Anderson said.

The wreckage was found in the mountainous back country near Mammoth Mountain during an aerial search Wednesday prompted by the discovery in the area of several items thought to have belonged to Fossett.

Fossett, 63, disappeared on Sept. 3, 2007, on a solo flight from a remote ranch in Nevada. The subsequent search covered about 24,000 square miles, including the high country of the Eastern Sierra Nevada. An Illinois court declared him dead Feb. 15.

Anderson told CNN while authorities search for the adventurer's remains, National Transportation Safety Board officials will attempt to determine what caused the crash.