Crash site not Fossett’s
September 6, 2007
RENO ” A crash site located 20 miles southwest of Gerlach, is not the wreckage of missing adventurer Steve Fossett, and official said today.
Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputy Brooke Keast said Search and Rescue air squadron located a crash site between The Smoke Creek Desert and Empire Farms this afternoon that has been preserved to be used for training by civil air patrol.
The crash site is approximately 43 years old, Keast said.
Fossett was last seen four days ago,
The search for the 63-year-old aviator has captivated attention worldwide because of Fossett’s past exploits and his connection to British billionaire Richard Branson, who has bankrolled many of Fossett’s missions.
Fossett became rich operating a series of Chicago-based investment firms before turning his attention to long-distance and high-speed pursuits. He has set 116 land and air records, including becoming the first person to circle the globe in a balloon solo and the first to do so in a plane alone without refueling.