Huge ‘Flying Bum’ damaged after it ‘nose dives’ during test flight landing
The 302ft (92 meter) long Airlander 10 made its maiden voyage last Wednesday and was on its second test flight from Cardington Airfield when it was damaged.
The Airlander, which is part plane and part airship and can carry a 10-ton load, is on sale for £25 million (US$33 million).
The plane has a variety of functions including surveillance, communications, aid delivery and passenger travel. It is expected the huge aircraft will be able to stay airborne for around five days during manned flights.
Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), the developer, dismissed reports that the Airlander had hit a telegraph pole, saying the flight went “really well” and the only issue was when it landed.
One eyewitness had earlier told local radio station BOB FM: “A line that was hanging down from the plane hit the telegraph pole about two fields away.
“Then, as it came in to land, it seemed to nosedive and landed on the cockpit, smashing it up.”
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
All crew are safe and well and there are no injuries.
We're debriefing following the second test flight this morning. All crew are safe and well and there are no injuries.— Hybrid Air Vehicles (@AirVehicles) August 24, 2016
The company hopes to be building 10 Airlanders a year by 2021.