NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


October 2, 2008

The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched investigators to California to investigate the crash of a small plane that was found yesterday that appears to be the aircraft piloted by adventurer Steve Fossett.

The Bellanca 8KCAB (N240R) has been missing since September 3, 2007, when the pilot departed Yerington, Nevada for a local flight. The wreckage was located at about 10,000 feet of elevation in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the vicinity of Mammoth Lakes, California.

Senior Investigator Georgia Struhsaker has been designated Investigator-in-Charge for this accident. She will be assisted by two other NTSB investigators and by the Federal Aviation Administration. NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker is accompanying the team and will serve as principal spokesman for the on-scene investigation. Terry Williams is the press officer traveling with the team.

For news media, Mr. Williams may be reached on his cell phone, 202-557-1350, when he arrives in California later this morning.

NTSB Media Contact: Terry Williams (in California)
(202) 557-1350

Press Office in Washington, D.C.
(202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.