New details in Fossett crash

FRESNO, Calif. 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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