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World’s largest aircraftdamaged in crash landing

​(FILES) This file photo taken on August 17,

2016 shows the Hybrid Air Vehicles HAV 304

Airlander 10 hybrid airship in the air over a

road on its maiden flight from Cardington

Airfield near Bedford, north of London.

The world’s largest aircraft suffered cockpit

damage on Wednesday after nosediving while

landing on its second test-flight, but there

were no injuries, according to the craft’s

manufacturer. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

The world’s largest aircraft suffered cockpit

damage on Wednesday after nosediving

while landing on its second test flight, but

there were no injuries, according to the

craft’s manufacturer.

The 92-metre-long Airlander 10, part

helicopter and part airship, came down at

Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire, south

east England.

“Airlander sustained damage on landing

during today’s flight,” said Hybrid Air

Vehicles (HAV). “All crew are safe and well

and there are no injuries.”

Amateur footage of the landing showed the

craft suddenly pitching forward and landing

on its cockpit, which was visibly damaged.

An eyewitness quoted by the BBC said that a

line hanging down from the plane “hit the

telegraph pole about two fields away,” but

Hybrid Air Vehicles later said that “no

damage was sustained mid-air or as a result

of a telegraph pole as reported.”

The aircraft was initially developed by the US

government as a surveillance vehicle, but

production was shelved as part of

government cutbacks.

HAV launched a campaign to get the aircraft

in the skies, and the Airlander 10 made its

first test flight from the airfield on August 17

following a £25 million ($33 million, 29.4

million euros) overhaul.

HAV hopes to have the craft in production by

2021, saying that it could be used for

surveillance, communications and potentially

passenger travel.

Amateur footage of the landing showed the

craft suddenly pitching forward and landing

on its cockpit, which was visibly damaged.

An eyewitness quoted by the BBC said that a

line hanging down from the plane “hit the

telegraph pole about two fields away,” but

Hybrid Air Vehicles later said that “no

damage was sustained mid-air or as a result

of a telegraph pole as reported.”

The aircraft was initially developed by the US

government as a surveillance vehicle, but

production was shelved as part of

government cutbacks.

HAV launched a campaign to get the aircraft

in the skies, and the Airlander 10 made its

first test flight from the airfield on August 17

following a £25 million ($33 million, 29.4

million euros) overhaul.

HAV hopes to have the craft in production by

2021, saying that it could be used for

surveillance, communications and potentially

passenger travel.

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