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Bones Found at Fossett Crash Site

Skeletal remains found with Fossett's ID

(Newser) - Searchers have found what are believed to be the skeletal remains of Steve Fossett close to where his plane crashed in California, People reports. The bones were found near a pair of tennis shoes, credit cards, and Fossett's driver’s license. Pending DNA tests, the county sheriff said he believed... More »

Fossett Search Likely Off Til Spring

Snow obscures crash site, could pose danger to investigators

(Newser) - The snowstorm that stopped investigators' search for aviator Steve Fossett this week will likely keep such efforts suspended until spring, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. A 2-foot buildup of snow has covered any evidence on the ground, and could pose hazards for search teams. Federal officials had removed the wreckage... More »

3 Early Crashes Sparked Navy Fears About McCain

'Clown around' flight hit wires that triggered balckout in Spain.

(Newser) - Three aircraft crashes involving Navy flyer John McCain early in his career led Navy administrators to question his skills and judgment, reports the Los Angeles Times. In the most troubling incident, McCain was "clowning" around in a Skyraider over Spain in 1961 and flew into electrical wires, causing a... More »

Searchers Find Human Remains in Fossett Plane

Authorities hope to identify missing millionaire adventurer

(Newser) - Searchers have found human remains in the wreckage of missing adventurer Steve Fossett's plane, Reuters reports. No official confirmation has come yet, but the find is all but sure to end the mystery of Fossett's disappearance more than a year ago on a solo flight from Nevada. His plane, along... More »

Wreckage Is Fossett's; No Body Found

But adventurer's body still nowhere to be seen

(Newser) - Search teams have confirmed that the wreckage helicopters spotted earlier in California’s Inyo National Forest is indeed the plane that Steve Fossett was piloting when he disappeared last year. One searcher said the crash, which looked to have been a head-on crash into a mountain, was "so severe... More »

Wreckage Spotted Near Fossett Papers

Ground team searching for site spotted from aircraft

(Newser) - An aerial spotter has located what appears to be plane wreckage close to the place where a hiker found ID cards belonging to missing billionaire Steve Fossett, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. A team has been dispatched to do a ground search of the mountainous area in eastern California close... More »

Hiker May Have Found Fossett's Belongings

ID card of long-missing aviator turns up in Calif. mountains

(Newser) - The search for aviator Steve Fossett is on again after a hiker found his ID card near an eastern California lake yesterday, KNBC-TV reports. The identification and other items seemed to have been dropped there, possibly by an animal, the hiker says, adding that he was "way, way, off... More »

Search for Fossett Grounded

'Nobody is giving up' on adventurer; rescuers remain on standby

(Newser) - Nevada authorities said today they're calling off the active air search for missing adventurer Steve Fossett, who disappeared Sept. 3 after taking off from an airstrip near Reno. "Nobody is giving up on this man," said one official, adding that crews will be kept ready to investigate new... More »

Fossett Search Drastically Reduced

More than 2 weeks after aviator vanished, tips are drying up

(Newser) - Searchers are dramatically scaling back efforts to find missing adventurer Steve Fossett as the rescue mission enters its third week and tips dry up. At one point, 45 aircraft plied the skies looking for wreckage, but the Nevada Civil Air Patrol is suspending its efforts, limiting searchers to five National... More »

Wreckage Found Isn't Fossett's Plane

First overnight search completed; aviator has been missing since Monday

(Newser) - Wreckage found yesterday has turned out not to be that of missing aviator Steve Fossett's plane, so the search goes on. The Nevada Air Patrol's first overnight search, using a high-tech thermal imaging camera, yielded nothing. Nevertheless, searchers remain hopeful. "If anyone has to be lost out there, this... More »

Branson Wants Google Earth in Fossett Search

Satellite images could hold clues to aviator's disappearance

(Newser) - Richard Branson said today he hopes to use Google Earth in the search for missing aviator Steve Fossett, whose small plane disappeared Monday over Nevada. The British billionaire and flying enthusiast wants to see if Google's satellite photos show where Fossett might have been heading, Reuters reports, and whether there... More »

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