Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two Crashes – One Confirmed Dead

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Reports are coming in that Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Two has been involved in a crash in the Mojave Desert, California. reports:

Virgin Galactic is reporting that there has been an “in-flight anomaly” aboard SpaceShip Two. There are unconfirmed reports that one of the two pilots is dead. The suborbital flight took off at 9:19am PDT from the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California.

[Update: Virgin Galactic has confirmed that SpaceshipTwo has crashed and the California Highway Patrol has confirmed that there is one fatality and one major injury.]

Virgin spaceship debris

Debris from Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two rocket suffered in the Mojave Desert, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

A statement from Virgin Galactic said a “serious anomaly” caused the “loss of the vehicle.”

Director of the Mojave Air and Space Port, Stu Witt, will hold a press conference at 2pm local time about this accident.

We will keep you updated with this story as it progresses.