SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Test Flight; One Killed

  • Oct 31, 2014 11:57am GMT
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UPDATE 12:19PM PDT

Witnesses report seeing the spacecraft explode mid-flight after ignition of the rocket engine.

UPDATE 12:16PM PDT

The California Highway Patrol has reported that one person was killed in the crash and another has been taken to an area hospital in serious condition.

ORIGINAL STORY

Reports out of Mojave say that Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed on a test flight Friday.

The status of the space ship and pilots are unknown at this time.

A press conference is schedule for 2:00 pm.

According to KGET, Virgin Galactic previously announced that the rocket plane had "experienced an in-flight anomaly" on its Twitter page. A medical helicopter carried one patient to Lancaster for treatment.

NBC's Alan Boyle is covering the test flight and provides additional insight into today's accident. Read more here.