SpaceShipTwo Pilot Who Died Moved Braking Lever
Investigators confirmed Monday the copilot who died in the Virgin Galactic spaceship crash was the person who unlocked the brake system too early.By Jay Strubberg | November 4, 2014
Federal investigators confirmed Monday night the copilot who died in the Virgin Galactic spaceship crash was the person who unlocked the brake system too early, a move that happened just before the fatal accident.
National Transportation Safety Board chairman Chris Hart says video footage shows 39-year-old Michael Alsbury flipped the switch prematurely.
NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD CHAIRMAN CHRIS HART: "Do we know who moved the lever from lock to unlock? And the answer is the person in the right seat."
Hart is also quoted in BBC saying, "There are several links in the chain to find out what the total cause of this accident is. We have a lot we don't know."