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FAA: Beware Of Space Junk

Watch out for debris from space, airline pilots told  Feb 16, 2009

New York - Airline pilots worldwide have been warned to be wary of falling debris from the American and Russian satellites which collided recently as people across Texas reported seeing what looked like a fire ball streaking through the sky.

The warning was issued by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as scientists have cautioned that debris could circle the earth for thousands of year and could prove hazardous for satellites.

Alerts were issued as authorities got numerous calls from people about sighting of falling debris and television network showed the fireball streaking the sky last morning but it was not clear whether it was result of debris falling through the atmosphere or some other phenomenon.

FAA said it was not sure what it was but did not rule out the possibility of it could be debris falling across Texas. "We don't know what it was," said FAA spokesman Roland Herwig.

Local Sheriff's Office used a helicopter to search after callers said they thought they saw a plane crashing, a spokesman said.

The US Strategic Command said there was no connection to the sightings over Texas and Tuesday's collision of satellites.

Watch out for debris from space, airline pilots told
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