Wed, Oct 03, 2007
Month-Long Efforts Revealed No Signs Of Missing Aviator
The trail has gone cold. Tuesday
night, the US Air Force officially ended search efforts by the
Civil Air Patrol to locate missing aviator Steve Fossett, nearly
one month after the millionaire adventurer disappeared over western
"The Civil Air Patrol joins the rest of the aviation world and
admirers worldwide in its disappointment in not locating Steve
Fossett," said acting CAP commander Brig. Gen. Amy S. Courter in a
statement to ABC News. "This remarkable man showed us what grit and
determination are all about. In his life, he chased and shattered
world records, floating and flying farther and faster than anyone
before. His adventures are many and his accomplishments profound.
We regret that those adventures may have come to an end."
As ANN reported, Fossett
disappeared September 4, after he failed to return from what was
expected to be a short scouting flight. Fossett departed that
morning in a single-engine Bellanca Decathlon from a private
airstrip near Yerington, NV, to investigate locations for a
land-speed record attempt planned for later this year.
Despite numerous leads, efforts by CAP -- as well as other local
and national entities, including hundreds of individuals who joined
the search effort in person, and online -- turned up no information
on Fossett's whereabouts. CAP alone flew 629 flights in search of
Fossett, over a 20,000 square-mile search area stretching into
California; aircraft from the US Army, Navy, and National Guard
also assisted in the search effort.
New evidence released by the Air Force last week -- including
radar trails believed to be from Fossett's plane -- also failed to
help crews locate the record-setting aviator.
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