View Full Version : One pilot dead, one parachutes to ground in SpaceShipTwo test-flight failure

11-01-2014, 01:32 PM
By Chelsea J. Carter and Jason Hanna, CNN
updated 7:35 AM EDT, Sat November 1, 2014

(CNN) -- The first sign there was a problem with Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (https://twitter.com/virgingalactic) came at about 45,000 feet, just two minutes after the spaceplane separated from the jet-powered aircraft that carried it aloft.

It wasn't something overt with SpaceShipTwo, said Stuart Witt, the chief executive of Mojave Air & Space Port in California, where it was launched and monitored.

It was what didn't happen next during the test flight, he said. Witt did not offer details, but appeared to indicate the spaceplane did not follow its previous test-flight patterns.

Nothing seemed abnormal during the takeoff or flight prior to the spaceplane's failure Friday, Witt told reporters. The manned spaceplane broke apart during a test flight over the Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and injuring a second pilot.

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