October 3, 2008
Crews Find Wreckage of Fossett’s Airplane
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) -- Searchers found the wreckage of Steve Fossett's plane in California's rugged Sierra Nevada more than a year after the millionaire adventurer vanished on a solo flight, and the craft appears to have hit the mountainside head-on, authorities said Thursday.
Crews conducting an aerial search late Wednesday spotted what turned out to be the wreckage in the Inyo National Forest near the town of Mammoth Lakes, Sheriff John Anderson said. They confirmed around 11 p.m. that the tail number found matched Fossett's single- engine Bellanca plane, he said.
"It's quite often if you don't find remains within a few days, because of animals, you'll find nothing at all," Anderson said.
Teams led by the sheriff's department would continue the search for remains Thursday, while the National Transportation Safety Board was en route to probe the cause of the crash, he said.
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