Searchers follow radar trails of missing adventurer Steve Fossett

By: AP
By: AP

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Searchers following radar trails that are
believed to have tracked the aircraft of Steve Fossett continued
the hunt in Nevada's backcountry today (Sunday).
Officials ended the day with no new traces of the millionaire
adventurer.
Gary Derks, the state Department of Public Safety official in
charge of the search, says two aircraft and people on the ground
were searching for Fossett.
The formal aerial search by the Civil Air Patrol and Nevada
National Guard helicopters ended September 19th after pilots spent
more than two weeks scouring an area twice the size of New Jersey.
But analysis of radar trails has led to what Air Force
technicians believe were radar traces of Fossett's aircraft when he
went on an search for locations to break a land speed record on
September 3rd.
The search area is southeast of hotel magnate Barron Hilton's
million-acre ranch in western Nevada where Fossett had been staying
in northern Nevada.
63-year-old Fossett made millions as a commodities broker in
Chicago, and is the first person to circle the globe solo in a
balloon.
He also has swum the English Channel, completed the Iditarod
sled-dog race and scaled some of the world's best-known peaks.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-09-30-07 2050EDT


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