No Signals Mean Fossett Likely Dead: Experts

Millionaire aviator missing 10 days in Nevada desert
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2007 12:35 PM CDT
Pilot Steve Fossett, talks to VIP guests while his wife Peggy looks on after his record setting attempt was delayed by high crosswinds at the Salina Municipal Airport in Salina, Kan. in this Feb. 28,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As the search for Steve Fossett entered its 10th day, experts told the Telegraph the millionaire adventurer’s chances of survival were slim. Fossett hasn’t been seen or heard from since he left a Nevada airstrip Sept. 3, and authorities haven’t received signals from his plane or watch. Searchers would be “lucky to find him alive,” one wilderness expert said.

One civil air patrol official said Fossett’s “sheer grit and determination” would save him, adding perhaps broken arms prevented him from signaling. Officials believe the record-breaking aviator carried only one bottle of water with him while flying through Nevada, the driest state in the US. “No food, that’s not a problem. No water, that’s a problem,” said the expert.