Louisiana Loss of the Space Shuttle <span class="italic">Columbia</span> (EM-3172)
Incident period: February 1, 2003
Emergency Declaration declared on February 1, 2003
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
March 28, 2003
<span class="italic">Columbia</span> Search Helicopter Crashes, Two Die, Three Injured; Air Search Operation Suspended Pending Incident Investigation
Lufkin, TX -- A helicopter pilot and the front-seat craft manager were killed and three on-board spotters were injured when a Bell 407 search chopper crashed in the Angelina National Forest in San Augustine County, near Broaddus, Texas around 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 27th.
March 27, 2003
10,000 Plus Ground Searchers, Air Teams Cover 1.7 Million Acres; More Than 42,000 Confirmed <span class="italic">Columbia</span> Debris Items Are Found
Lufkin, TX -- In the seven weeks since the Columbia Space Shuttle broke up over Texas, in excess of 10,000 ground personnel have walked fields,farms, forests and open lands recovering over 42,000 confirmed shuttle items. In excess of 1.7 million acres have been searched by ground and air personnel, an area slightly larger than the state of Delaware, while divers have searched an additional 15,700 acres attempting to recover pieces of the Columbia craft.
March 26, 2003
Lufkin, TX -- To date, more than 10,000 search crew members and support personnel from across the nation and Puerto Rico have been involved in the recovery of material from the Columbia Space Shuttle. Montana tops the list--more than a thousand people from that state have searched East Texas and Western Louisiana for debris which may provide clues to the cause of the Shuttle accident.
March 25, 2003
Lufkin, TX -- Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Sabine River and Lake Nacogdoches have both played a part in the overall water operations connected with the Columbia Shuttle recovery. Since early morning, February 1, when area residents heard things falling into the water, the reservoir and lake floors have been searched for potential shuttle material.
March 23, 2003
Lufkin, TX -- The Texas Forest Service working with The U.S Forest Service, manages Space Shuttle Recovery Air Operations by virtue of their extensive experience and their history of success. The air search has been an integral part of the recovery process from the beginning of the operation.
March 21, 2003
Lufkin, TX -- Fifty days into the search for materials from the Space Shuttle Columbia, federal officials are confident in their effort and determined to continue their work as long as is necessary. Air, ground and water search operations remain focused on counties in East Texas intersected by the shuttle's flight path. Investigators are also following up on information from the National Transportation Safety Board indicating the strong possibility of debris sites in Nevada, Utah and New Mexico.