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American adventurer Steve Fossett was reported missing on Monday after failing to return to the airstrip he took off from at a southern Nevada ranch while piloting a Bellanca Citabria Super Decathalon light aircraft. He was flying solo. Teams are searching the areas of his likely course as we type, though a flight plan was not submitted prior to take off.
Steve took off from Barron Hilton's Flying M Ranch, roughly 70 miles southeast of Reno, and the missing millionaire was scheduled to scout possible locations for a planned attempt on the world land-speed record later this month.
Fosset's adventure travel escapades include the world's longest uninterrupted flight, 26,389.3 miles aboard the Virgin GlobalFlyer back in 2006, and the first solo round-the-world in a balloon flight in 2002. He also set a world glider altitude record of 50,671 feet over the Andes in 2006.
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