Steve Fossett 'missing' in Nevada

Other News Materials 5 September 2007 00:39 (UTC +04:00)

(BBC) A plane flown by record-breaking US adventurer Steve Fossett is missing in the Nevada desert, US federal aviation officials have said.

According to a local newspaper, the Nevada Record-Courier, Mr Fossett was last seen taking off south of Smith Valley, Nevada, on Monday evening.

He was reportedly flying a blue and white single engine plane.

A Civil Air Patrol spokeswoman, Major Cynthia Ryan, told PA news that a search for 63-year-old was under way.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said that authorities had been alerted when a friend reported Mr Fossett missing.