Pilot /Adventurer Fossett Missing
A Bellanca ( a small single engine plane ) flown by Steve Fossett is missing since Monday night,
Fossett took off Monday from a private airstrip on a ranch south of Smith Valley in western Nevada and didn't return as scheduled.
"The Civil Air Patrol is looking for him in a search being coordinated by the Air Force's Rescue Coordination Center in .
In 2002, Fossett became the first person to fly around the world alone in a balloon.
Three years later, in March 2005, he became the first person to fly a plane solo around the world without refueling.
He and a co-pilot also claim to have set a world glider altitude record of 50,671 feet during a flight in August over the Andes Mountains.
Fossett, 63, of Beaver Creek, Colo., was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame this past July.
Fossett said he plans to go toin November in an effort to break a glider record.