The Airlander 10, the world’s longest aircraft, has been damaged after nosediving on landing during it’s second test flight.
Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) released a statement saying:
Today the prototype Airlander 10 undertook its second test flight and flew for 100 minutes, completing all the planned tasks before returning to Cardington to land. The Airlander experienced a heavy landing, and the front of the flight deck has sustained some damage which is currently being assessed. Both pilots and the ground crew are safe and well, and the aircraft is secured and stable at its normal mooring location. Hybrid Air Vehicles runs a robust set of procedures for flight test activities and investigation of issues. We will be running through these in the days ahead as we continue the development of the Airlander aircraft. Further updates will follow in due course.
Airlander were also clear to emphasise the crew are safe and well after the accident.
Airlander sustained damage on landing during today's flight. No damage was sustained mid-air or as a result of a telegraph pole as reported.
— Hybrid Air Vehicles (@AirVehicles) August 24, 2016
The accident occurred just after its second 100-minute test flight. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch will now investigate.
Want to find out more about the Airlander and how it works? See our our coverage of its maiden flight earlier this week.