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The US National Transportation Safety Board discovered body parts amid the wreckage of pilot and adventurer Steve Fossett’s Bellanca Super Decathlon today after the aircraft was found on a mountainside near Mammoth Lakes, California yesterday. Fossett disappeared the morning of 3 September 2007 after he departed a Nevada airstrip on a 2-2.5h pleasure flight. Investigators have sent the remains for DNA testing.
Officials: Fossett search may not resume this year
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif.—Madera County Sheriff's officials say search efforts around the site of adventurer Steve Fossett's downed plane that were suspended may not resume until the summer.
Snowfall ended the search in the mountains of Mono County Friday, and Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Erica Stuart says she does not expect weather conditions to improve enough for search teams to return to the site this year.
But authorities say they completed most of what they needed to do Friday when they removed debris from Fossett's plane and found three more bone fragments.
The bone fragments, including a fourth piece found earlier, will be sent to a lab to determine whether they are human and a match for Fossett.
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
Well it is sad news but not unexpected.
Assuming the DNA tests show it to be him, I hope this gives his family some closure.
Hopefully the DNA test puts some of these ridiculous conspiracy theories to rest
Originally posted by Merriman Weir
Even if this is his body, I'm sure the 'what happened to Steve Fossett?' story doesn't end here.
Originally posted by johnsky
Well, I guess that throws any hope he survived out the window.
... damn. I suppose one way to look at it is, he made his mark on the pages of history... something not everyone gets to do.
Originally posted by TeslaandLyne
The original missing thread had local people coming in and
wondering what happened.
Apparently there was a storm.
I don't know how good the FAA flight control radar is but
when you call in your flight you should get the weather conditions.
Originally posted by dunwichwitch
Okay the authorities are confident they found Steve Fossett's remains. Move along, your authorities know best. Nothing to see here, peasants...err citizens.
I have sensed a cover up since day one of this whole mystery... How long has it been? Like 2-3 years? And with all their sophisticated spy satellites that can zoom in from space on a single person running through the streets of new york city, they can't find plane wreckage?