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Have they identified the 6 or 7 other crashes that have been discovered, I mean tied them to open cases, or are these just unreported crashes? I haven't seen much other than the wreckage was not Fossett's aircraft.
He was looking for Gliding Areas. He got bored with the Nevada landscape and wanted to see some pretty areas for gliding.
One poster said, "You would think Somebody would have seen smoke after the plane went down" I believe that's true. I seen a plane crash in Nevada here where I live. Huge black plumes of smoke bellowed out of it! You could see it for miles.
My opinion is....Steve's plane could have been hit by lightning at that time.
I'm no expert by a long shot, but you would think a lighting strike could take out any ELT signal.
Searchers looking for missing aviator Steve Fossett received a telephone tip from a former Nevada Civil Air Patrol member whose friend reported to him that he saw a blue and white aircraft making a steep diving turn into a canyon and not climbing back out.
A Blackhawk is on its way to Sunrise Pass, 20 miles east of Minden, following the lead. Washoe County authorities also are sending ground patrols to search the area.
The Blackhawk is expected to arrive any minute to the scene, with a medic on board
Link to story....
It is now believed that Steve Fossett was unlikely to have ventured far afield (such as crossing the Sierra Nevada range), but that he was more likely to have been on a local pleasure flight - and that he probably was not surveying sites for the upcoming landspeed record project.
Originally posted by TommyCrown
With regard to this Major Ed Dames chap has he given that location yet?