An National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team surveys a tail section from the crashed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California, on November 01, 2014. (AFP/Josh Edelson)
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Investigators looking into what caused the crash of a Virgin Galactic prototype spacecraft that killed one of two test pilots said a 5-mile path of debris across the California desert indicated the aircraft broke up in flight.In grim remarks at the Mojave Air and Space Port, where the craft known as SpaceShipTwo was under development, Branson gave no details of Friday's accident and deferred to the NTSB, whose team began its first day of investigation Saturday.Both worked for Scaled Composites, the company developing the spaceship for Virgin Galactic.Investigators found an undeployed parachute at the crash site, Hart said. Hart said he did not immediately know the answers to such questions as whether the spaceship had flight recorders or the altitude of the accident, but noted that test flights are usually well-documented.Branson once envisioned operating flights by 2007 .Friday's flight marked the 55th for SpaceShipTwo, which was intended to be the first of a fleet of craft. Friday's accident was the second this week involving private space flight.
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