Aviator Steve Fossett Missing; Search Under Way A search is under way for a small plane carrying aviation adventurer Steve Fossett. Federal officials say he took off in the single-engine plane Monday at a private airstrip in western Nevada and didn't return as scheduled. A friend reported him missing.
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Aviator Steve Fossett Missing; Search Under Way

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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.

CHERYL CORLEY: Major Cynthia Ryan says gusty winds are hampering the search.

CYNTHIA RYAN: You've also got some mountain peaks out there, and they're pretty rugged. Not really tree covered to speak of, but there's a lot of nooks and crannies that we have to look at.

CORLEY: In 1995, Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon. In 2002, he went even farther - becoming the first person to fly around the world in a balloon. He called it an enormous relief.

STEVE FOSSETT: Because I put everything into this - all of my efforts, all of my skills. I've taken the risk associated with this over this long period of time. And finally, after six flights, you know, I succeeded. And it's a very satisfying experience.

CORLEY: Cheryl Corley, NPR News.

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