Most of us are familiar with the Nevada Triangle. For those who aren’t, it’s an area of Nevada and California where many aircraft have vanished over the decades. It’s very similar to the Bermuda Triangle. Because Nevada’s remote wasteland of desert and mountains stretches across more than 25,000 square miles of underpopulated areas, crash sites usually go undiscovered for very long periods of time. For the past 50 years or so, nobody is exactly sure how many flights have vanished within the Nevada Triangle. However, many people believe the total is more than 2,000.

One of the most popular stories regarding the Nevada Triangle is the disappearance of Steve Fossett, which took place on September 3, 2007. In addition to being an American businessman, Fossett was a record-setting aviator, sailor, and adventurer. He was also the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon.

Sadly, when Fossett flew his single-engine Bellanca Super Decathlon over Nevada’s Great Basin Desert, it never returned, and neither did he. After a month of not being able to locate Fossett’s plane, the search was called off. On February 15, 2008, Fossett was declared legally dead. The moment Fossett went missing, many people assumed he either faked his own death – or was shot down over Area 51.

So, what is it exactly that’s causing aircraft to go missing within the Nevada Triangle? Many experts claim the area’s climate creates a special type of atmospheric condition that can actually rip aircraft from the skies. In Steve Fossett’s situation, many experts believe climatic conditions created a 400 mph downdraft. At the most, his aircraft could climb 300 mph. This speed difference meant he was doomed from the moment he entered the region.

Fossett’s identification cards were discovered in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California on September 29, 2008, by a hiker. On October 1, 2008, the crash site was discovered just 65 miles from where Fossett initially took off. Two bones were recovered about one-half mile from the crash site on November 3, 2008. After a series of tests, it was concluded that the bones did in fact belong to Steve Fossett.

Here is a quick video regarding the disappearance of Steve Fossett:

After reading this article and watching the video(s), do you believe the Nevada Triangle mystery will ever be solved?

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