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Airlander 10 prepares to take to the skies again

The world's largest aircraft is getting ready to take flight again, after being out of action for eight months.

The Airlander 10 underwent extensive repairs after crash-landing on its second flight from Cardington Airfield in August 2016.

Manufactors Hybrid Air Vehicles say they are carrying out a number of final tests.

They hopes the aircraft would be flying again by the end of the week - but this time with a a softer landing.

More than £7 million has been spent on repairs to the Airlander 10. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We have spent about £7m, £2.5m was simply to fix the repairs that needed to be done and the rest was to improve it.

"The most obvious changes are that we got a new auxiliary landing system which are some feet that'll help it land more safely.

"We have got a new piece of ground handling equipment and the rest on changes to our processes and lots of training."

– Steve McGlennan, Chief Executive, Hybrid Air Vehicles
The Airlander 10 crash landed on its second test flight out of Cardington Airfield. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The crash was caused by the aircraft's mooring line getting caught on power lines near Cardington Airfield. Nobody was injured.

As part of its repairs, the Airlander 10 has been given new inflatable 'feet' and the flattened flight deck has been been rebuilt.

Final preparations are taking place before the aircraft takes flight again. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We were immensely frustrated that we had to stop flying last summer.

"It's a big setback, but we believe in the technology. We believe it's going to work.

"We're just desperate to show the world what the Airlander 10 can do."

– Simon Davies, Head of Flight Tests, Hybrid Air Vehicles

The aircraft can carry 10 tonnes - manufacturers say it could be used for things like surveillance, communications, and even passenger travel.

Manufacturers believe the aircraft could be use for passenger travel in the future. Credit: ITV News Anglia