No flight plan, Fossett didn't tell anyone where he would be operating and no tell-tale radio calls. Steep, irregular terrain in an area not inhabited or traversed, high elevation coupled with an early winter season snow blanketed the scene, aircraft broke up into very small pieces and scattered down the steep slope and the ELT was destroyed. Other than that, it was an easy find.
No wonder the ELT didn't work.
Steve Fossett crash site details
A lot of photos have been posted to this site.....
When you click a photos to view it, note that there is a tiny + symbol above the map which will blow the image up to about full screen.
The winds, rollers and shears, etc. can be very nasty in those areas. Wonder if an evil wind was the main fault....??????
For photos, click on Photos of site and search teams