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Investigators Think They've Figured Out Why The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Crashed


The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the Oct. 31 crash in Southern California, also said the pilot, Peter Siebold, was unaware that his co-pilot had unlocked the craft's moveable tail section, which appears to have set off a chain of events that led to ship's destruction.

His co-pilot, Mike Alsbury, was killed in the crash.

The safety agency's latest findings come after its investigators interviewed Siebold on Friday. Siebold, 43, was released from a hospital days after suffering a shoulder injury in the crash.

"He stated that he was extracted from the vehicle as a result of the break-up sequence and unbuckled from his seat at some point before the parachute deployed automatically," the NTSB said in a statement.

An NTSB spokesman said in an email that Siebold unbuckled himself during his fall.

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