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(MOJAVE, Calif.) — Federal accident investigators are reviewing Friday’s crash that destroyed Virgin Galactic’s prototype space tourism spaceship.

One person was killed and another was injured in the accident.

Speaking at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif. Saturday, acting National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart said investigators are sifting through the evidence– particularly video footage– looking for answers.

“That will make our job simpler and make us able to find out not only what happened, but also more importantly why it happened so we can make recommendations to try to prevent it from happening again,” Hart said. “We participated in the launches of the Challenger and the Columbia, but we, this will be the first time we have been in the lead of a space launch that involved persons on board.”

Hart said he is not sure if the spacecraft was equipped with a black box.

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