Longest aircraft crashed on a test flight
The Airlander 10, the world's longest aircraft, crashed during lending after a test flight in Bedfordshire, central England, its British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) said on Wednesday.
The aircraft, which is 302ft (92m) long, is part plane and part airship. It was performing its second test flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.
The airship was damaged while landing. Aircraft’s cockpit was damaged when the plane nosedived coming to the land. All crew were safe and well following the incident.
“No damage was sustained mid-air," Hybrid Air Vehicles said on Twitter. "The Airlander experienced a heavy landing and the front of the flight deck has sustained some damage which is currently being assessed,"
the HAV statement reported.
The Airlander 10 has conducted its first test flight earlier this month and the company had posted photographs of it up in the air before Wednesday's incident.
The Airlander can take off and land vertically meaning it does not need a tarmac runway. It can also operate from open fields, deserts, ice or water. It can carry 48 passengers.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has immediately started the investigation of the crush.