Fossett search coordinators to meet Monday

Officials coordinating the search for missing aviator Steve Fossett will meet Monday morning to determine strategies for the search's third week.

Fossett has been missing since 8:45 a.m. Labor Day when he took off in a borrowed Citabria Super Decathlon and turned south.

Search Spokesman Tom Jacobs said he does not anticipate officials will end the search on Monday.

"They will take a look at the search so far and restrategize," he said.

About 20 Civil Air Patrol aircraft, 15 from California and five from Nevada are looking for any sign of Fossett today, the 14th day since he left the Flying M Ranch in southeast Lyon County.

Searchers from Douglas, Washoe, Storey, Lyon and Mono counties have been examining the area between the base of Mount Grant and the Sweetwater Range while Mineral County searchers are checking south of Walker Lake.

Searchers have covered an area of about 20,000 square miles centered on the Flying M Ranch. Flight restrictions are in place to prevent private pilots from conducting freelance searches of the area. Members of the Civil Air Patrol and the National Guard are coordinating with fliers from the Flying M Ranch to conduct the search. is reporting that eight helicopters and five fixed-wing aircraft are based out of the Flying M Ranch.

On Saturday Maj. Cynthia Ryan said many of the Civil Air Patrol searchers are launching and returning to their home bases rather than flying out of Minden-Tahoe Airport.

Some of the areas being searched have been covered a half-dozen times, according to officials.

"But in some places six times are not enough," Ryan said.


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