New details in Fossett crash

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image kabc"><span>KABC</span></div><span class="caption-text">Wreckage from a plane belonging to Steve Fossett is seen Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008 in a handout photo released by the Mono County Sheriff&#39;s Search & Rescue. Searchers found the wreckage of Fossett&#39;s plane in California&#39;s rugged Sierra Nevada just over a year after the millionaire adventurer vanished on a solo flight, and the craft appears to have hit the mountainside head-on, authorities said Thursday. Crews conducting an aerial search late Wednesday spotted what turned out to be the wreckage in the Inyo National Forest near the town of Mammoth Lakes. (Mono County Sheriff&#39;s Search & Rescue)</span></div>
March 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Investigators are releasing more about the terrifying moments that led up to the deadly plane crash of famed aviator Steve Fossett in September of 2007. A report released by the National Transportation Safety Board says the plane struggled at an altitude of about 11,500 feet as strong winds blew out of the southwest. According to witnesses on the ground, the plane appeared to be "standing still" due to the wind.

The report says Fossett died on impact of multiple traumatic injuries.

More than a year later, search and rescue crews found the wreckage, and along with it, tiny bone fragments from Fossett. A hiker also discovered some of Fossett's belongings, including two identification cards.

Fossett left a Western Nevada ranch on September 3, 2007 for what his wife called a short flight along the Eastern Sierra. When he failed to return three hours later, a massive search was launched for him.

According to the report, the wreckage was found 300 feet from the top of the mountain. He had flown nearly 65 miles to an area near Mammoth Lakes where he's believed to have crashed.

The report does not include the cause of the crash.


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