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At least one person is dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashed in a California desert, the California Highway Patrol has said.

The craft was undergoing manned testing when it experienced what the company described as "a serious anomaly".

Television images shot from a helicopter showed what appeared to be wreckage bearing the Virgin logo.

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Oh the conspiracy theories will be rampant about all this. Half of them I might believe.


Definitely a loss though condolences where they are due.

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NTSB has apparently discovered an erroneous command to feather given shortly after ignition, causing severe stress leading to disintegration. Whether it was a pilot mistake or a short or other automated mistake is still not reported.  However, that could absolve the new engine of fault and instead bring the other systems into focus.

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