Virgin Galactic Pilot 'Unaware' Co-Pilot Unlocked Brakes
NTSB says the pilot who survived the fatal accident was unaware his co-pilot prematurely unlocked the braking system.By Jay Strubberg | November 13, 2014
New details have emerged about the Virgin Galactic Spaceship that broke apart mid-air over the Mohave Desert last month.
Federal investigators say Peter Siebold, the pilot who survived the fatal accident, was unaware his co-pilot prematurely unlocked the braking system — or "feathering" system — even though flight protocol requires the co-pilot to announce that step.
An official for the National Transportation Safety Board also says, "[Siebold] 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."