Lever under scrutiny in Virgin spaceship disaster

Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson speaks at a press conference at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California on November 1, 2014Questions about why the Virgin Galactic spaceship crashed switched focus Monday to a prematurely-deployed lever on the doomed flight, as Virgin’s boss suggested it may “well be” the cause. Branson said the evidence showed there had been “no explosion” behind the SpaceShipTwo accident in the United States last Friday. “I’ve never seen such irresponsible innuendo and damaging innuendo,” the British business tycoon told Britain’s Sky News television, referring to critical press reports in Britain. Branson, speaking on NBC’s Today show Monday, said: “I haven’t seen the video myself.

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