Woman injured after world's largest aircraft rips and collapses

Woman injured after world's largest aircraft rips and collapses

It crashed at Cardington base in Bedfordshire for a second time, with engineers now trying to assess the future of the aircraft. Roads surrounding the airfield were immediately closed off amid concerns that aviation fuel and helium could escape from the aircraft.

It reportedly came free from its mooring and drifted into branches, which ripped into its side.

The front nose of the Airlander was wrecked, after it experienced a "heavy landing".

It is the latest accident to befall the aircraft, which carried out its first flight in May since crashing in August previous year.

The world's longest aircraft, nicknamed the "Flying Bum", has been seriously damaged after it slipped its moorings and crashed into a field. The wreckage looks quite bad, apparently trees ripped the skin open'.

Woman injured after world's largest aircraft rips and collapses
Woman injured after world's largest aircraft rips and collapses

The Airlander 10 took a test flight Friday (16 November) at 15.11 GMT and landed successfully at 16.18 GMT at Cardington Airfield. This system is created to automatically rip open the hull to deflate the aircraft, grounding it and preventing it from causing any more damage to itself or its surroundings.

The firm added: "We are testing a brand new type of aircraft and incidents of this nature can occur during this phase of development".

Steve McGlennan, the CEO of Hybrid Air Vehicles, said at the time: "We're thrilled to have commenced the next round of testing; our world class team have really done well and we can't wait to showcase Airlander across the United Kingdom in coming months". One woman on the ground suffered minor injuries.

HAV believes it could be used for a variety of functions, such as surveillance, communications, delivering aid and even passenger travel.

The British company expected the 20-tonne Airlander 10 to soon "fly higher, faster, further and longer".

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