World's largest aircraft Airlander 10 crashes In Cardington

World's longest aircraft collapses in UK

World's longest aircraft collapses in UK

The company behind Airlander 10 says the aircraft "broke free from its mooring mast" on its flight this morning.

The £25m airship collapsed to the ground in Cardington, Bedforshire, on Sunday (18 November) after it appeared to "break in two", a witness told the BBC.

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

World's longest aircraft collapses in UK

Airlander 10, a hybrid airship that is part-plane, collapsed in Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire, following the incident at about 9.30am on Saturday.

Manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) said it was investigating why the £25 million aircraft broke free, adding its hull was created to rip open and deflate in the event of coming loose. A female employee sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital as a "precaution" and later released.

In the pictures making a round over the internet, severe damage to the front nose of the aircraft can be seen. Roads surrounding the airfield were immediately closed off amid concerns that aviation fuel and helium could escape from the aircraft. One member of the staff was injured during the accident, and another was injured during the cleanup operations after the accident.

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The 20-ton craft had just completed a series of test flights.

After its successful test flight on Friday, Hybrid Air Vehicles said it was now in the "next phase of extended test flights" and will soon "fly higher, faster, further and longer".

"We will assess the cause of the incident and the extent of repairs needed to the aircraft in the next few weeks", the statement said.

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