Further footage shows close ups of the mangled wreckage of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo.
The space craft exploded over California's Mojave Desert, killing the pilot and leaving another suffering a "major injury", according to an official from the California Highway Patrol.
The wreckage of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo can be seen over the Mojave desert in California.
Californian authorities say one pilot has died and another has suffered a "major injury" following the test flight.
One pilot has died and the other has suffered "major injury" after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight in the Mojave desert, an official from the California Highway Patrol has said.
The wreckage of the Virgin Galactic spaceship can be seen over the Mojave desert in California.
Virgin Galactic says the status of the SpaceShipTwo pilots is unknown at this time: http://t.co/jwvxZ3zzzt
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.
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 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.