Virgin Galactic’s Space Ship Two space plane crashed during a test flight over California’s Mojave Desert on Friday, October 31st, the company said.
A report issued by the California Highway Patrol indicated that one pilot died and another suffered a major injury, the Associated Press reported.
At a press conference on Friday afternoon, Kern County Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt announced that the injured pilot had ejected from the craft, and was “doing as well as can be expected” at the hospital.
The company said White Knight Two, the jet-powered craft used to launch the space plane, landed safely.
The debris field from the space plane covered several miles, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood reported. Mojave Air and Space Port CEO Stuart Witt said at the press conference that flight crews had “detected nothing that appeared abnormal” before the crash.
Regarding the incident, CEO of Mojave Air and Space Port said:
“The test community is very small. We are human, and it hurts,”