Virgin Galactic’s Space Ship Two Explodes During Test Flight Over Mojave Desert
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo space plane crashed during a test flight over California’s Mojave Desert this afternoon, the company said.

A report issued by the California Highway Patrol indicated that one pilot died and another suffered a major injury, the Associated Press reported. At a press conference on Friday afternoon, Kern County Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said that the injured pilot had ejected from the craft, and was “doing as well as can be expected” at the hospital.

The company said White Knight Two, the jet-powered craft used to launch the space plane, landed safely. The debris field from the space plane covered several miles, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said. Mojave Air and Space Port CEO Stuart Witt said at the press conference that flight crews had “detected nothing that appeared abnormal” before the crash. “The test community is very small. We are human, and it hurts,” CEO of Mojave Air and Space Port said of the incident.


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