Pilot in Virgin Galactic crash recovering well, was actually thrown from plane while in seat

November 13, 2014 3:05 AM

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Pilot in Virgin Galactic crash recovering well, was actually thrown from plane while in seat

The pilot who survived the Virgin Galactic crash in the Mojave Desert last month was thrown from Spaceshiptwo still strapped in his seat as the plane broke apart in midair, federal investigators reported.

Pilot Peter Siebold told investigators that he managed to unbuckle himself from his seat as he plunged toward Earth, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday. His parachute then automatically deployed.

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