A pretty interesting look at the ’cause’ of Steve Fossett’s death from the LA Times.
The National Transportation Safety Board has published the official "probable cause" of the 2007 accident that cost wealthy adventurer Steve Fossett his life. It was "the pilot’s inadvertent encounter with downdrafts that exceeded the climb capability of the airplane [in combination with] mountainous terrain."
It sounds as if it were an act of God: Poor Fossett was flying along and suddenly a rogue wind grabbed him and slammed him into a mountain. But it was almost certainly more complicated than that. Read the article.