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Snow Forces End to Fossett Recovery

October 6, 2008 10:09:49 AM PDT
It may be next year until search crews can recover the rest of billionaire, Steve Fossett's downed plane.Snow forced crews to end their recovery effort on Friday near Mammoth Lakes. The Madera County Sheriff's Department does not expect weather conditions to improve enough for recovery teams to return to the site this year.

Authorities said they completed most of what they needed to do Friday when they removed debris from Fossett's plane and found three more bone fragments. Those remains will be sent to a lab to determine whether they are human and match Fossett.

The famous adventurer disappeared in September 2007 during what was supposed to be a short pleasure flight. A hiker stumbled upon Fossett's identification cards which lead to the discovery of the plane wreckage, last week.


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