Federal investigators say they found remains amid the wreckage of missing adventurer Steve Fossett’s airplane in the mountains of eastern California, though there were conflicting reports on whether the remains were human.
The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, said Thursday that searchers found enough at the crash site of Fossett’s plane to provide coroners with DNA. They were found amid a field of debris that stretched 400 feet long and 150 feet wide in a steep section of the mountain range.
“We found human remains, but there’s very little. Given the length of time the wreckage has been out there, it’s not surprising there’s not very much,” said National Transportation Safety Board acting Chairman Mark Rosenker. “I’m not going to elaborate on what it is.”
But Madera County Sheriff John Anderson later seemed to contradict Rosenker.
“We don’t know if it’s human. It certainly could be,” Anderson said late Thursday. “I refuse to speculate.”
Anderson told reporters earlier Thursday that searchers “found enough wreckage to determine that it was in fact the aircraft” Fossett was flying solo when he disappeared last September. It appears that Fossett plowed head-on into a mountainside.
“The crash looked to be so severe that I doubt if someone would have walked away from it,” said the sheriff during a Thursday news conference before the body parts were found. The engine was lying about 300 feet from the wings and the fuselage, which disintegrated on impact.
Posted on Thursday October 2, 2008 by Robert D