(MOJAVE, Calif.) — Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have interviewed the lone survivor of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two, which broke apart last month over the Mojave Desert.
The pilot, Peter Siebold, told investigators on Friday he was unaware that the feathering system had been unlocked earlier by his copilot, 39-year-old Michael Tyner Alsbury, who died in the incident.
Siebold said as the 60-foot spacecraft broke up around him, he was thrown into the atmosphere and unbuckled from his seat before the parachute deployed automatically, according to the NTSB.
While initial results show that the system to slow the space plane’s descent deployed too soon, the NTSB has not concluded what exactly shattered the craft.
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