Texas,February 15/09.Preliminary reports by Williamson County officials said a small aircraft went down, but officials now say it's likely just space debris from two satelites crashing.
The Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday that it has received numerous reports across Texas of falling debris, which could be related to a recent U.S.-Russian satellite collision.
News 8 Austin received numerous calls saying debris was falling around midmorning Sunday, what looked like a meteor. Some of the callers reported what looked like a fireball in the sky.
Williamson County officials combed the area in a helicopter searching for any trace of a small aircraft landing, but were unable to find anything.
The FAA notified pilots on Saturday to be aware of possible space debris after a collision Tuesday between U.S. and Russian communication satellites. The chief of Russia's Mission Control said clouds of debris from the collision will circle Earth for thousands of years and threaten numerous satellites.
The debris field from the collision is described as huge, but scientists are still trying to determine the full scope of the crash.
FAA spokesman Roland Herwig said officials suspect the debris could be related to the collision, but he said that had not been confirmed.
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