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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashes after ‘anomaly’ during test

HT_virgin_galactic_spaceship_two_kabc_sk_141031_16x9_992A Virgin Galactic spacecraft intended to carry tourists crashed in the Mojave desert due to an “in-flight anomaly” during a test flight Friday, the company said. One person was reportedly killed in the incident, which was the second this week involving a craft intended for spaceflight.

“During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo,” Virgin Galactic tweeted.

The company said in a statement that “a serious anomaly” occurred and that it is working with authorities to figure out what happened.

One person was killed, while another was seriously injured, according to the Associated Press.

The craft crashed east of Mojave, Calif., Mojave Air and Space Port chief executive Stu Witt told Bakersfield TV station KGET. WhiteKnightTwo, which carries the space ship to 50,000 feet before it is release, was able to land safely.



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