The world’s largest aircraft crashes in Bedfordshire

  • Hybrid Air Vehicles is developing world’s largest aircraft named as Airlander 10
  • Airlander 10 sustained damage on landing during its second test flight
  • The aircraft has performed its first test flight on August 17 without any incidence

BEDFORDSHIRE, England – The world’s largest aircraft has crashed during its second test flight since being revamped in the United Kingdom.

Airlander 10, a 302 foot long aircraft, is made of a combination of part plane, part airship, and part helicopter. It was damaged after reportedly hitting a telegraph pole at its base at Cardington airfield, Bedfordshire, on Wednesday morning.

Photographs and video that emerged online shows the second test of the aircraft, as it started pointing downwards and hit the ground within 10 seconds of its test trial.

Hybrid Air Vehicles, who developed Airlander 10 issued a statement on their Facebook page saying, “We’re debriefing following the second test flight this morning. All crew are safe and well and there are no injuries.”

“Airlander sustained damage on landing during today’s flight. No damage was sustained mid-air or as a result of a telegraph pole as reported,” it added.

An article by The Telegraph said the aircraft, which uses helium to be airborne, is about 50ft longer than the biggest passenger jets and can travel at speeds of up to 92mph.

It was the second test of the Airlander, targeting to complete 200 hours of its test flight.

Stephen Jones mentioned in his article for Mirror Co UK that the aircraft has performed its first test flight on August 17 without any incident and completed one lap of the airfield before landing about half an hour later.

Airlander 10 is considered as one of the greatest British innovations by its makers upon its successful first test flight.

The Airlander 10, nicknamed as “the flying bum” is claimed to serve different purposes such as surveillance, communications, delivering aid and even passenger travel.

Hybrid Air Vehicles hopes that they will eventually develop another aircraft, an Airlander 50 that will have the capacity to carry 50 tons of freight.