Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Steve Fossett missing in Nevada

A plane flown by record-breaking US adventurer Steve Fossett is missing in the Nevada desert, US federal aviation officials have said.

Mr Fossett was reportedly last seen taking off from the private airfield at the Flying M Ranch near Yerington, Nevada, on Monday evening.

He was flying a blue and white single-engine Citabria plane.

A Civil Air Patrol spokeswoman, Major Cynthia Ryan, said a search for the 63-year-old was under way.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said authorities had been alerted when a friend reported Mr Fossett missing.

Steve is a tough old boot. I suspect he is waiting by his plane right now for someone to pick him up
Sir Richard Branson
"The Civil Air Patrol is looking for him. One problem is he doesn't appear to have filed a flight plan," Mr Gregor told the Associated Press news agency.

Mr Gregor said the Air Force's Rescue Co-ordination Center in Langley, Virginia was overseeing the search.

"They are working on some leads, but they don't know where he is right now," he was quoted as saying.

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