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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo destroyed in test flight: one dead, one injured
[i]SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic's private suborbital spaceplane, was lost in flight on Friday morning (Oct. 31), during a test of a new hybrid rocket engine. Of the two pilots who were onboard the winged craft, one was killed and the other was seriously injured, officials said.
The identities of the pilots were not immediately released. The Kern County Sheriff's Office stated the the surviving pilot suffered "moderate to severe" injuries and had been taken to a nearby hospital.
"The vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo," Virgin Galactic officials sad in a statement that was released shortly after the two-pilot and six-passenger seat craft crashed in the Mojave desert in California sometime after 10 a.m. PDT (1700 GMT).[/i]
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