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Much of Nevada is uninhabited, and parts are virtually inaccessible by helicopter or truck. This doesn’t completely explain why the planes crashed, and so an explanation is needed for many of the incidents.
Some who study the Triangle include the mysterious Area 51 within the confines of the Triangle, which adds to the allure of the mystery.
On September 3, 2007, Steve Fossett set out for a flight that would take him across the Nevada Triangle. He was to return to the same airport he started from — a quick round-trip flight.
He never arrived back at his home base, the Flying-M Ranch.
An intensive search across Nevada and in the Sierra Nevada mountains found no trace of Fossett or of his plane. After searching for almost a month, the official search was called off.
In September of 2008, a backpacker hiking in the mountains that separate Nevada from California came across identification papers belonging to Fossett. Another search, several days later, yielded the remains of his plane. There was no log or “black box” to give information about the last moments of the plane’s flight. Fossett’s whole body was never found, although two small bones near the crash site were a match to his DNA.
Explanations for Fossett’s doomed flight ranged from freakish meteorological conditions to the old stand-by of outer-space aliens.
Originally posted by graceunderpressure
reply to post by smyleegrl
S&F, Smyleegirl, very interesting. I am headed to that area this weekend for some hiking and fishing. Thank heavens, we're driving. If I do not return, please send out UFO Hunters and the Bigfoot Research team.
Seriously, I do find it interesting, and will report back on any strangeness. 'May interview some of the locals and see if they have any personal stories.
Originally posted by Thunda
reply to post by Plotus
Wow- those glyphs are interesting in your link, Plotus- never heard of them before.
I find the Steve Fossett story interesting too- I understand about the wind shear/ strange air currents etc, but Fossett was an extremely accomplished pilot, and would have been aware too. The crash scene suggests a high speed impact with the ground, killing him instantly, suggesting he completely lost control of the aircraft, either through mechanical failure or perhaps he was incapacitated in someway. The fact that they only found one or two very small bones adds to the mystery (yes, I know, people are going to say 'wild animals', but usually you would find a skull, or vertebrae- the 'less digestable' bones, and bits of clothing) and it made me think of the '411' disappearences, where they find very little of the corpse, and what they do find doesnt make sense.
S&F for an interesting read!
On March 5, 2009, the NTSB issued its report and findings. It states that the plane crashed at an elevation of about 10,000 feet, 300 feet (91 m) below the crest of the ridge. The elevation of peaks in the area exceeded 13,000 feet (4,000 m).
However, the density altitude in the area at the time and place of the crash was estimated to be 12,700 feet (3,900 m). The aircraft, a tandem two-seater, was nearly 30 years old, and Fossett had flown approximately 40 hours in this type.
The plane's operating manual says that at an altitude of 13,000 feet (4,000 m) the rate of climb would be 300 feet per minute.
The NTSB report says that "a meteorologist from Salinas provided a numerical simulation of the conditions in the accident area using the WRF-ARW (Advanced Research Weather Research and Forecasting) numerical model.
At 0930 [the approximate time of the crash] the model displayed downdrafts in that area of approximately 300 feet per minute." There was no evidence of equipment failure.
The report stated that a postmortem examination of the skeletal fragments had been performed under the auspices of the Madera County Sheriff's Department. The cause of death was determined to be multiple traumatic injuries.
On July 9, 2009, the NTSB declared the probable cause of the crash as "the pilot’s inadvertent encounter with downdrafts that exceeded the climb capability of the airplane. Contributing to the accident were the downdrafts, high density altitude, and mountainous terrain."