Virgin Galactic, the rocket ship owned by Richard Branson on which many celebrities had planned to blast off into space, crashed this afternoon in California’s Mojave Desert.
Reports indicate that one co-pilot died in the accident, while others were seriously injured and at least one individual airlifted to a local hospital.
Reads a statement released by Virgin:
"Virgin Galactic's partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo earlier today. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle."
The names of those on board at the time of the accident have not been released.
Branson confirmed the tragedy on Twitter, writing:
"Thoughts with all @virgingalactic & Scaled, thanks for all your messages of support. I'm flying to Mojave immediately to be with the team."