Aviation Record Holder Fossett Reported Missing

 - September 4, 2007, 11:23 AM

A search-and-rescue effort is currently under way for world aviation record holder Steve Fossett, who was reported missing Monday night after he was last seen taking off from the Flying M Ranch near Smith Valley, Nev., in an American Champion Super Decathlon. The Civil Air Patrol has not yet found any signs of Fossett, though the search area covers hundreds of square miles of rugged terrain. Fossett made the first solo nonstop, non-refueled global circumnavigation flight in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, and in 2002 he was the first person to solo around the world in a balloon. He also holds several other aviation world records, including some city-pair speed records while piloting his Cessna Citation X.