Winds grounding Civil Air Patrol

High winds are grounding the Civil Air Patrol's search for Steve Fossett today.

Spokeswoman Maj. Cynthia Ryan said that the air search will be suspended for the volunteer organization for safety reasons.

Winds of up to 50 mph are expected off the Sierra ridgetops today.

Meanwhile, National Guard and private aircraft will continue to look for the famed aviator who failed to return to the Flying M Ranch on Labor Day.

Maj. Ed Locke said the Guard's C-130 flew over Sonora Pass looking for Fossett on Wednesday.

Alpine County Sheriff's deputies contacted the witness who was camping on Labor Day and said she saw an airplane fly over the area south of Coleville and then a crash.

Search and rescue personnel from Alpine County are looking for any sign of Fossett's plane today.


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