06/16/2015 11:48 am ET | Updated Jun 16, 2016

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 again.
Radford was a Pilots 'N Paws volunteer. Pilots 'N Paws photo