Officials: 1 Pilot Dead, 1 Injured In SpaceShipTwo Test-Flight Failure

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The first sign there was a problem Friday with Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo came at about 45,000 feet, just two minutes after the spaceplane separated from the jet-powered aircraft that carried it aloft, officials said.

  It wasn’t something overt with SpaceShipTwo, said Stuart Witt, the chief executive of Mojave Air & Space Port in California, where SpaceShipTwo 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, he told reporters during a news conference.

” …If there was a huge explosion, I didn’t see it,” Witt said.

  This much is known, according to Witt and others: One pilot is dead and another has been hospitalized with serious injuries.”

CNN