One Dead, One Injured in Virgin Galactic Spacecraft Crash
Virgin Galactic(MOJAVE, Calif.) -- One person died and another suffered a major injury after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo spacecraft crashed in California's Mojave Desert on Friday.
California Highway Patrol confirmed the fatality and the injury, but did not specify the individuals involved.
Virgin Galactic confirmed the "in-flight anomaly" and said that its first concern was the safety of its pilots.
"Virgin Galactic's partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of #SpaceShipTwo earlier today," the company tweeted.
SpaceShipTwo was destroyed after it separated from its mother ship, White Knight Two, the company...
Under the Wire: Guardrail Company Avoids Nationwide Ban With Crash Test Plan
zebra3/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The federal government has received, but is refusing to disclose, an urgent plan to re-test the safety of guardrails found on American highways across the country amid accusations they are dangerous to motorists.
Just under the deadline, Trinity Industries, maker of the controversial ET-Plus system, submitted plans to the government for the new tests, as 30 states have announced they’ve already banned new installations of the guardrail until it is proven safe.
“The Federal Highway Administration received Trinity’s ET-Plus test plan. The FHWA will expeditiously, but carefully, review the plan,”...
Building Stability Affecting Search for Victims of Kansas Plane Crash
Jaison Podkanowicz(WICHITA, Kan.) -- Rescuers had difficulty searching on Friday for the victims of a crash at a Wichita, Kansas, airport, with investigators fearing the badly damaged building might collapse at any moment.
“We don’t like leaving folks who have died in a structure overnight, but we don’t want to get anybody else hurt,” said Brad Crisp, Wichita’s fire marshal.
Four people were killed, including pilot Mark Goldstein, when a Beechcraft King Air 200, full of fuel, lost power in the left engine shortly after takeoff Thursday at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.