Fossett search no equal
April 26, 2013
We heard a little grumbling that last week's search for a missing plane wasn't the production that accompanied the hunt for Steve Fossett in 2007.
We agree, and here's why that's a good thing.
There were several differences between last week's search and the one for Fossett, the chief being that last week's search accomplished its mission.
Four days after learning the Cessna 182 Cory Marble was piloting went down, searchers from three counties, the Civil Air Patrol and the National Guard found the plane's wreckage.
One of the key reasons they were able to find the aircraft was that they had some idea of where Marble was going and where the plane was last seen. Fossett left no such clues and the wreckage of his aircraft was found a year later a good distance from the primary search area.
We were here for the Fossett search and the big difference was the amount of media attention lavished in that case.
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Last week there were no twice daily media briefings, no Internet companies using the Fossett search to advertise their services, and no bounties that drew yahoos to the search area.
The search for Marble and Brittney Hocking-Cangeme barely attracted any media attention, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
We offer our deepest condolences to their families.
We also offer our gratitude to the searchers, who went out day after day, at first in the hopes of rescuing the couple, and then in the determination to bring them home to their families.