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SpaceShipTwo crash investigation begins as test pilots are named
[i]Pilots Peter Siebold and Michael Alsbury were at the controls of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on Friday (Oct. 31), when the commercial space plane broke apart in flight during a test of a new hybrid rocket engine, officials revealed on Saturday.
Alsbury, 39, died in the crash, which took place over the Mojave desert in California. Siebold, 43, managed to exit the winged vehicle and parachute to the ground, suffering a serious shoulder injury that required he undergo surgery, local authorities said.
Both pilots worked for Scaled Composites, the aerospace company responsible for developing the two-pilot and six-passenger seat spaceship for Virgin Galactic since 2004.[/i]
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