Sleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2050 posts, RR: 21 Posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1822 times:
Has anyone seen any accounts of the tragedy from the perspective of pilots who were flying their aircraft in the East Texas area? The view of the disintegration from 30,000 feet would no doubt have been incredible. And, I would assume there would be at least four or five commercial airliners in the East Texas area at 8 AM Central.
Flyawa From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1725 times:
I had the same questions but never heard anything other than the CNN ticker on Saturday evening continuing to say air space in vicinity of Lake Charles LA was closed due to 95 plus mile wide debris cloud in the area 10 hours after the event. Does anyone have info on what remained at altitude and slowly drifted into commerical airspace as it also drifted south out over the Gulf of Mexico? What was of danger to commercial flights in the area that many hours after?
Also, were their flights under the shuttle debris descent path that were endangered during the event? Did any aircraft report debris sightings or contact? Did ATC divert any flights that were in the vicinity Saturday morning?
Jtamu97 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 658 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1661 times:
I was not flying over East Texas but I was flying from Beaumont to College Station approximatley 1 hour after the event. I was IFR and diverted about 30 miles North to pin point a position on some burning debris. On 121.5, flight restrictions were being posted continuously. It started at a 60 nautical mile radius and the last I heard it was increased to 90 miles. I did have a friend who was flying on his solo cross country and happened to be in Nacadoches. When he called Flight Service, they advised him the airport was closed. He was finally ableto take off, but could only head West. I did hear periodically other GA flights being redirected to pin point possible debris. Anyways what a sad day and I had chills everytime I heard it mentioned on the radio.