By: Steve Dellar | 11-19-2017 | News
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Video: World’s Largest Aircraft Crashes

Just 20 hours after another very successful test flight, the Airlander 10, at 94 meters the world's longest aircraft, has collapsed to the ground once again.

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The Airlander 10 is a combination of a plane and could be seen to "break in two" at an airfield in Bedfordshire in the UK, according to eyewitness reports.

The owner of the contraption, Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd, declared that it appeared the Airlander broke free from its mooring mast, which triggered a safety system that automatically deflates the aircraft. As a result, two people that were monitoring the aircraft from the ground suffered minor injuries.

"The safety feature is to ensure our aircraft minimises any potential damage to its surroundings in these circumstances," Hybrid Air Vehicles added.

"The aircraft is now deflated and secure on the edge of the airfield. The fuel and helium inside the Airlander have been made safe. We are testing a brand new type of aircraft and incidents of this nature can occur during this phase of development. We will assess the cause of the incident and the extent of repairs needed to the aircraft in the next few weeks."

This is not the first crash for the Airlander 10, unfortunately.

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Back in August 2016, the zeppelin like aircraft crash-landed because it had climbed to an excessive height after its mooring line had became caught on power cables. At that time, the 94 meters long aircraft nosedived immediately after the test flight at Cardington. No one was injured.

After a first landing attempt had failed, the line was hanging free according to the report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

Hybrid Air Vehicles has been conducting tests with the aircraft for many years now, hoping to roll it out for commercial use in 2020.


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Anonymous No. 12270 2017-11-19 : 14:04

Who makes a zeppelin nowadays?

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