Lost and Confounded Until Hiker Finds Missing Plane

What forces of fate allow thousands of people to cross the
same terrain without seeing the crashed airplane that John Weisheit
discovered on May 20th? And what does his find tell us about the still-missing
Boeing 777 that disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March
2014? Stay with me because I believe these two stories are related.

River guide and Colorado River advocate John Weisheit was
hiking in the Grand Canyon National Park with several others last week when the
group came across the wreckage of a plane wedged between two boulders. The
aircraft was “smashed, so compressed that it was really hard to find an
actual skeleton,” Weisheit told the Associated Press, because seeing something
like that really does beg the question, “Is anybody inside?” The answer was yes.

“We did notice vertebrae in the cockpit.”

If it is the airplane officials think it is, a homebuilt RV6
experimental aircraft, then the remains of the sole occupant in the wreckage
should be the plane’s owner, Joseph Radford, of Glendale, Arizona who took off
from Grand Canyon National Park Airport on March 11, 2011 and was never seen

Radford was a Pilots ‘N Paws volunteer. Pilots ‘N Paws photo

Without plane or pilot the
National Transportation Safety Board was unable to conclude much more than that
the airplane was missing and so three and a half years ago it concluded “the cause of the crash is unknown.” Though in interviews the NTSB did learn that the pilot told his
girlfriend he was going to use the plane to commit suicide.

In the weeks that followed Radford’s disappearance, the
National Park Service and the Sheriff of Coconino County, flew a helicopter and a fixed wing airplane to search a 600 square mile area based on three pieces of
information; where an emergency locator was heard transmitting, radar
information from the airport and —> Read More