They lost contact with it 15 minutes before it was supposed to arrive at Cape Canaveral. Residents of North Texas reported hearing a “sonic boom” about the time the shuttle Columbia was sighted over Texas. One resident even said he saw “two bright objects flying off each side of it” (when there should normally be only one “jet trail.”
So when is NASA gonna come to the realization that the shuttle is gone and we’ve lost seven people? This now the worst aerospace incident since 1986.
NASA, while not saying the shuttle had exploded, broken up or crashed, warned that any debris found in the area should be avoided and could be hazardous.