And the official initial announcement from Virgin.

And the official initial announcement from Virgin. One pilot has since been taken to hospital with serious injuries, and the other confirmed as having died.

Again, my deepest sympathies to the families, and I hope the injured test pilot makes a full recovery.

Originally shared by Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic's partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo earlier today.  During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle.  The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft landed safely. Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time.  We will work closely with relevant authorities to determine the cause of this accident  and provide updates as soon as we are able to do so.

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