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Pilot in Virgin Galactic crash thrown from plane while strapped in seat
Pilot in Virgin Galactic crash thrown from plane while strapped in seat

The pilot who survived the Virgin Galactic crash in the Mojave Desert last month was thrown from SpaceShipTwo still strapped in his seat as the plane broke apart in midair, federal investigators reported. Pilot Peter Siebold told investigators that he managed to unbuckle himself from his seat as he plunged toward Earth, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday. His parachute then automatically deployed. The rocket plane had just broken the sound barrier and was more than 10 miles high when it was destroyed during the Oct. 31 test flight. Siebold also told investigators that he wasn't aware that his copilot had unlocked the craft's movable tail, which may have...

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