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Virgin Galactic investigation 'could take a year'

The investigation into what caused the Virgin Galactic test flight to crash could take as long as 12 months, lead investigator Chris Hart has said.

Mr Hart, who is acting head of the National Transportation Safety Board, also told reporters that his team would interview injured co-pilot Peter Siebold when he was ready.

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Would-be space tourists want refund from Virgin Galactic

Several would-be space tourists have applied to Virgin Galactic for refunds following last month's doomed test flight.

Company chief executive George Whitesides said "a few" of its 800 customers have pulled out of taking part in a future mission into space.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed last month. Credit: Reuters

It comes after co-pilot Michael Alsbury, 39,died when the test flight aircraft crashedin the Mojave Desert in California on October 31. Surviving pilot Peter Siebold, 43, was said to be alert and speaking with family members and medical staff in hospital days after the fatal launch.

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