At least one dead in Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo
A “spaceplane” designed to transport tourists into a low earth orbit has crashed in the desert north of Mojave.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo went down in a remote area of the desert near the Kern-San Bernardino County line Friday just after 10 a.m.
The Ridgecrest Daily Independent is reporting one fatality and one injury.
It is not known how many people were aboard the craft when it crashed.
SpaceshipTwo is a suborbital, air-launched spaceplane designed for space tourism.
It is lifted into flight by another aircraft, then its rockets fire and take passengers into orbit where they can experience weightlessness, according to Wikipedia
It was on a flight out of Mojave Spaceport when it crashed.
Virgin Atlantic is reporting only “an inflight anomaly.”
The Ridgecrest Daily Independent carried this breaking news:
A test flight from the Mojave Air and Space Port crashed Friday morning, with at least one person killed and at least one surviving.
Two people parachuted out of the plane. One has moderate injuries to the neck and back. There is also one "black tag," indicating a fatality.
Officials have said there were two on board, but according to dispatches from emergency personnel, "four souls" are in transport.
The crash happened in the area of Redrock Randsburg Road near Cantil.
A test was being conducted at the Mojave Air and Space Port, the PF04 test of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo. Those in attendance at the facility in Mojave were told that there was a mishap and then sent away from the facility.
Debris was spread out for 200 to 300 meters at the crash site. According to scanner traffic from officials at the crash site, there was a ruptured propellant tank.
More information will be passed on as it becomes available.