Fossett Absturz NTSB BerichtNTSB veröffentlicht Untersuchungsbericht zu Fossett Absturz
Die amerikanische Flugunfall-Untersuchungsstelle NTSB hat ihren Bericht zum Absturz von Steve Fossett veröffentlicht. Die Bellanca war im September 2007 verunglückt.
Nach Angaben des NTSB geriet die Einmot in starke Abwinde in der Gebirgsregion. Ein Wanderer hatte rund ein Jahr nach dem Verschwinden von Fossett Wrackteile und persönliche Gegensände entdeckt.
Die Mitteilung des NTSB im Original:
Washington, DC – The National Transportation Safety Board
has released its final report on the aviation accident that
claimed the life of Steve Fossett.
The Board determined that the aircraft, a Bellanca
8KCAB-180 (N240R) struck mountainous terrain near Mammoth
Lakes, California following an inadvertent encounter with
downdrafts that exceeded the climb capability of the
airplane. Contributing to the accident were the downdrafts,
high density altitude, and mountainous terrain.
On September 3, 2007, Mr. Fossett, the only person
aboard, departed Flying M Ranch, a private airport near
Yerington, Nevada on a local, personal flight and failed to
return. A month-long search by the Civil Air Patrol, state
and county authorities, and friends of the accident pilot
failed to locate the aircraft.
On October 7, 2008, a hiker found some of the pilot’s
personal effects. “Once these items were found, the Safety
Board launched a team to conduct the on-scene phase of the
investigation,” said NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker.
An aerial search located the airplane wreckage about 0.5
miles from the pilot’s personal effects, at an elevation of
approximately 10,000 feet.
On the day of the accident, no emergency radio
transmissions were received from the pilot, nor were any
emergency locator transmitter signals received. After the
wreckage was discovered, a review of radar data from
September 2007 revealed a track that ended about 1 mile
northwest of the accident site.