NTSB Trying To Determine If Weather Played Factor In Fossett Crash

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) - Safety officials investigating the death of Steve Fossett are trying to determine if weather played a factor on the day his plane crashed into the side of a mountain.

It was clear when Fossett took off from a ranch in Nevada the morning of the crash, but large stormclouds were reported over the peaks around Mammoth Lakes later that day.

Meanwhile, search crews are hoping to recover evidence -- such
as plane parts -- from the crash site before a storm moves into the

The National Weather Service is predicting rain in the area tonight, with snow expected in the higher elevations.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-03-08 1318EDT

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