Airlander ‘breaks in two’ and collapses

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Image caption The airlander collapsed at Cardington Airfield, where it is based

The world’s longest aircraft has collapsed to the ground less than 24 hours after a successful test flight.

The Airlander 10 – a combination of a plane and an airship – was viewed to “break in two” at an airfield in Bedfordshire, an eyewitness said.

Owner Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd said it showed the Airlander cracked free from its mooring mast, provoking a safety system which collapses the aircraft.

Two parties on the ground lost minor injuries.

‘Minimises damage’

It was not winging and was not due to fly, Hybrid Air Vehicles pronounced.

No one was on board, but a female member of staff abode minor injuries and was sent to hospital as a precaution.

A colleague also preserved minor injuries while dealing here the incident.

“The safety feature is responsible for our aircraft minimises any potential damage caused to its borders in these circumstances, ” Hybrid Air Vehicles contributed.

“The aircraft is now collapsed and protected on the leading edge of the airfield. The ga and helium within the Airlander have been drew safe,

“We are testing a brand new type of aircraft and incidents of this nature can occur during this phase of change.

“We will assess the cause of the incident and the scope of fixings needed to the aircraft in the next few weeks.”

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Image caption The firm that owns the airlander said it was not operating at the time

On Friday, the Airlander took off at 15:11 GMT and landed at 16:18 GMT at Cardington Airfield.

Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd had said it was now in the “next phase of increased test flights”.

It will soon “fly higher, faster, further and longer”, the company said.

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Image caption The airlander is the longest aircraft in the world at 302 ft( 92 m)

In August 2016 the aircraft crash-landed after climbing to an excess height because its mooring line became caught on power cables.

The 302 ft( 92 m) long aircraft nosedived after the test flight at Cardington. No one was injured.

The Air Collision Investigation Branch said the line was hanging free after a first land struggle had failed.

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Image caption Airlander 10 completed its sixth test flight on Friday

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