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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Former Astronaut Dies

DULUTH, Minnesota () -- A former U.S. space shuttle co-pilot was killed when the small plane he was testing crashed in woods outside Duluth, authorities said.


Robert Overmeyer, 60, of Nassau Bay, Texas, was testing the plane for Cirrus Design Corp. when it crashed Friday about five miles northwest of Duluth, a St. Louis County sheriff's officers said.


Overmeyer was the co-pilot of a five-day space mission by the shuttle Columbia in November 1982. He also supervised the unloading of bags and containers believed to contain the remains of fellow astronauts killed in the January 28, 1986, Challenger explosion.