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Virgin Galactic disaster exactly 2 years ago inspires Branson in SA

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Cape Town – It was exactly two years ago that Richard Branson had to face one of his biggest ever set-backs: his R6.7trn Virgin Galactic tourist spaceship exploded, killing one pilot.

Two years ago to the day, Branson jetted out to the California's Mojave Desert to the scene of the accident, where he started the process of rebuilding his dream of space tourism.  

Now, the owner of Virgin, who flew into Cape Town on Monday to launch Virgin Money Insurance (VMI), said it was this disaster that created a marriage between Virgin and global insurer American Insurance Group (AIG).

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