Body parts have been found next to the wrecked plane of missing American adventurer Steve Fosset.
Rescue teams confirmed the plane was the one flown by the explorer when he went missing more than a year ago.
Debris from the plane and other items belonging to Fosset were found in the Californian mountains after a hiker stumbled across them.
Evidence from the site suggests a violent and direct crash.
Madera County Sheriff John Anderson: ‘‘Where they found the identification and sweatshirt is a quarter of a mile from where they found remains of the airplane,’‘ he said. ‘‘They plan to do an arm to arm walk through the area for at least a mile in circumference around the crash site,’‘ he added.
Steve Fosset often put glory ahead of personal safety. In 2002, he became the first person to circle the globe solo in a balloon and took part in numerous endurance events with his friend, business tycoon Sir Richard Branson.
An experienced pilot, Fosset failed to file a flight plan when taking off for the last time. The cause of the accident is unknown.