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Fears over safety of Virgin Galactic pilots after test flight failure

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashes

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has crashed with the status of the two pilots currently unknown, NBC News reports.

The vehicle suffered a "serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle" during the powered test flight at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, the spaceflight company said.

"Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time," a statement issued to NBC News said.

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo suffers 'in-flight anomaly'

Virgin Galactic has said its SpaceShipTwo has experienced an "in-flight anomaly" during a powered test flight in the Mojave desert, California.

Earlier today Virgin Galactic tweeted:

Virgin Galactic rocket experiences 'in-flight anomaly'

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Virgin Galactic has tweeted saying its rocket plane experienced an “in-flight anomaly” on a powered test flight in California.

The tweet was posted just minutes after the plane began flying under rocket power.

The test flights are conducted in preparation for suborbital journeys to outer space.

More than 700 people have already paid up to $250,000 for a trip on Richard Branson's plane.

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