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July 27, 2009 | Peter Garrison, Peter Garrison, a pilot and contributing editor to Flying magazine, designed and built his own airplane.
The National Transportation Safety Board has published the official "probable cause" of the 2007 accident that cost wealthy adventurer Steve Fossett his life. It was "the pilot's inadvertent encounter with downdrafts that exceeded the climb capability of the airplane [in combination with] mountainous terrain." It sounds as if it were an act of God: Poor Fossett was flying along and suddenly a rogue wind grabbed him and slammed him into a mountain.
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July 27, 2009 | Peter Garrison, Peter Garrison, a pilot and contributing editor to Flying magazine, designed and built his own airplane.
The National Transportation Safety Board has published the official "probable cause" of the 2007 accident that cost wealthy adventurer Steve Fossett his life. It was "the pilot's inadvertent encounter with downdrafts that exceeded the climb capability of the airplane [in combination with] mountainous terrain." It sounds as if it were an act of God: Poor Fossett was flying along and suddenly a rogue wind grabbed him and slammed him into a mountain.
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October 2, 2008 | Steve Chawkins and Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writers
. -- Trying to solve the year-old mystery revolving around vanished adventurer Steve Fossett, searchers scoured the rugged backcountry here until dark Wednesday after authorities announced that a hiker had discovered the billionaire's IDs. Late Wednesday, authorities said aerial searchers spotted "what could be wreckage of a plane" in the area. A crew hopes to reach the site this morning. The search is being conducted as a storm draws near.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2009 | Dan Weikel
Strong downdrafts that overpowered the climbing ability of Steve Fossett's airplane most likely caused the wealthy adventurer to crash in mountainous terrain west of Mammoth Lakes almost two years ago, federal accident investigators announced Thursday. Fossett, 63, a record-setting balloonist and pilot, disappeared on Sept. 3, 2007, after taking off for a pleasure flight from a ranch in Yerington, Nev. His small single-engine plane failed to return, setting off a massive aerial search that lasted a month and covered 10,000 square miles.
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December 28, 1995 | BILL HARLAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Steve Fossett was 5 or 6 years old--it must have been about 1950--he climbed into the family's Plymouth, all by himself, and took the car for a spin. "He got half a block just by stepping on the starter," said his mother, Charalee Fossett of Garden Grove. That story might make it easier to understand what millionaire-adventurer Fossett plans to do next.
NEWS
October 4, 2008
Steve Fossett: An article in Thursday's Section A about missing aviator Steve Fossett said that Mammoth Lakes attorney David Baumwohl accompanied a hiker to the location where he had found documents belonging to Fossett. Baumwohl is an advisor to the hiker, Preston Morrow, but he did not accompany him to the site.
OPINION
October 6, 2008
Re "Hiker finds Steve Fossett ID," Oct. 2 For me, the adage "you can't take it with you" readily came to mind when I read that billionaire flier Steve Fossett's remains appeared missing from the crash scene, but some of his money was left behind. Tom Carr Woodland Hills
WORLD
June 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
AUSTRALIA * U.S. millionaire Steve Fossett launched his Spirit of Freedom hot-air balloon from the Australian outback in his sixth solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Fossett, 58, a former Chicago stockbroker, has twice crashed trying to fly around Earth.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett sets out today for what he hopes will be the longest nonstop flight ever made by an aircraft. Fossett, 61, who already holds piloting, ballooning, sailing and other endurance records, was not entirely confident about his planned 80-hour trip into the record books. "It will be very close," Fossett said. He planned to take off from Kennedy Space Center's 15,000-foot-long shuttle runway.
WORLD
April 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett and a crew of 12 set a speed record for sailing around the world, cutting nearly six days off the previous mark. Fossett's 125-foot catamaran crossed the finish line at the island of Ouessant near France's Brittany coast after 58 days, 9 hours, 32 minutes and 45 seconds. The World Sailing Speed Record Council said it still must review the boat's logs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2008 | James Wagner, Wagner is a Times staff writer.
Madera County officials announced Monday that the DNA of two bones discovered last week in a remote part of the Sierra Nevada matched that of missing adventurer Steve Fossett. County officials said they had received test results from a California Department of Justice forensics lab in Richmond, Calif., that conclusively showed that the bones found Oct. 29 belonged to Fossett, who vanished over a year ago.
OPINION
October 6, 2008
Re "Hiker finds Steve Fossett ID," Oct. 2 For me, the adage "you can't take it with you" readily came to mind when I read that billionaire flier Steve Fossett's remains appeared missing from the crash scene, but some of his money was left behind. Tom Carr Woodland Hills
NEWS
October 4, 2008
Steve Fossett: An article in Thursday's Section A about missing aviator Steve Fossett said that Mammoth Lakes attorney David Baumwohl accompanied a hiker to the location where he had found documents belonging to Fossett. Baumwohl is an advisor to the hiker, Preston Morrow, but he did not accompany him to the site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2008 | Jia-Rui Chong and Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writers
After an exhaustive search by the Civil Air Patrol, sophisticated analysis of satellite images and a year of uncertainty, it finally came down to this: A lone hiker and his dog. On Thursday, 43-year-old Preston Morrow was weary. He had done more than 30 interviews with reporters from around the world, all eager to know how he stumbled on the clues that led searchers to the wreckage of adventurer Steve Fossett's single-engine plane as well as a bone fragment that might be human.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2008 | Steve Chawkins and Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writers
. -- Trying to solve the year-old mystery revolving around vanished adventurer Steve Fossett, searchers scoured the rugged backcountry here until dark Wednesday after authorities announced that a hiker had discovered the billionaire's IDs. Late Wednesday, authorities said aerial searchers spotted "what could be wreckage of a plane" in the area. A crew hopes to reach the site this morning. The search is being conducted as a storm draws near.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A team of elite athletes and expert mountaineers has ended a weeklong hunt for the remains of Steve Fossett, finding no sign of the missing adventurer or his plane but eliminating miles of rugged terrain from areas that still must be searched. The 10 searchers, headed by Canadian geologist and adventure racer Simon Donato, packed up their gear after taking a day to explore a steep canyon in Nevada's Wassuk Range, dominated by 11,239-foot-high Mt. Grant. That followed six days of hiking in the Sweetwater Mountains and Bodie Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A 10-member team of elite athletes and expert mountaineers fanned out on foot Monday in rugged mountains on the Nevada-California border, hoping to find the body of multimillionaire adventurer, Steve Fossett. The first day's efforts yielded some cans, empty cigarette packs and other debris but no sign of the missing 63-year-old Fossett. Fossett was declared legally dead in February, five months after he was last seen taking off by plane from a remote Nevada ranch owned by hotel magnate Barron Hilton.
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