LUBBOCK (AP) – One morning nearly 10 years ago, Barry McCool remembers watching his son’s space shuttle fly more than 40 miles above his Las Vegas home.
He went inside to watch a live computer feed from Houston, home of NASA’s Mission Control. But Columbia never landed in Florida on Feb. 1, 2003.READ MORE: Parents Of North Texan & Former Marine Trevor Reed Want President To Stand Up For Their Jailed Son
The shuttle piloted by his son William McCool, who attended high school in Lubbock, disintegrated high over Texas during its descent back to Earth. All seven crew members died.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports that Barry McCool knew something was wrong when he heard Houston officials say they’d lost infrared radar contact with Columbia.READ MORE: Poll: Many Americans Would Keep Working From Home As Pandemic Eases
McCool says he got a sickening feeling in his stomach when he saw the flight director’s expression.
McCool then told his wife, “Willie’s gone.”
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)MORE NEWS: 3 Spectators Critically Injured After Vehicle Crashes Through Guardrail At Texas Race Track
Also Check Out: