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Part of A11 in Norfolk to remain shut for repairs to safety barrier

A11 between Breckland Lodge roundabout and B1077 Ellingham Road Credit: ITV News Anglia

One lane northbound on the A11 at Attleborough is expected to remain closed for most of the day so repairs can be carried out on the safety barrier.

An accident just before 8 o'clock this morning closed the road northbound for the rush hour. One lane was re-opened just before 11am.

There is still heavy traffic in the area.

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One lane re-opens northbound after A11 closure in Norfolk

The A11 Credit: ITV News Anglia

One lane has re-opened northbound on the A11 in Norfolk after an accident earlier this morning closed the road.

It happened between the Breckland Lodge roundabout and Ellingham Road just before 8am.

A11 in Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

The closure caused long delays in both directions with tailbacks through Attleborough where traffic was diverted.

Southbound was also affected with long delays, caused by the diversion around the Breckland Lodge roundabout.

Engineering works during bank holiday weekend

Engineering works are scheduled for the weekend. Credit: ITV Anglia.

No service between St Pancras International and Luton due to engineering works on East Midlands Trains - 28 August

  • Luton, rail replacement buses will operate between Luton and London.
  • Some trains depart stations earlier, some will operate later.

Replacement bus service running on Abellio Greater Anglia between Stowmarket and Norwich due to engineering works - 27th, 28th, 29th August

  • Bridge maintenance is taking place between Stowmarket and Norwich with all lines closed.
  • Buses replace trains between Stowmarket and Norwich all weekend and Bank Holiday Monday.

Replacement bus service running on CrossCountry between Peterborough and Stamford due to engineering works - 28th August

  • Buses replace trains all day on Sunday.

For more details on other services that will be affected visit the Network Rail website by clicking here.

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Airlander crash: Mooring line gets caught on power line

The moment the Airlander nosedived into the ground Credit: Lee Cordell

A rope attached to the world's largest aircraft made contact with a power line before it crashed says its manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV).

Airlander 10, which is part plane, part airship, was damaged after nosediving at Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire.

The crash occurred when the £25 million aircraft, which is the length of a football pitch and the height of six double decker buses, was nearing the end of its second test flight.

The cockpit was damaged by the impact but the pilots escaped injury.

"Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd can confirm a mooring line attached to the Airlander did contact a power line outside the airfield. No damage was caused to the aircraft and this did not contribute to the heavy landing. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused to anyone."

– Spokesperon Hybrid Air Vehciles

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is set to investigate the crash.

The Airlander was first developed for the US government as a long-endurance surveillance aircraft. HAV launched a campaign to return the Airlander 10 to the sky after it fell foul of defence cutbacks.

The aircraft, so named because it can carry 10 tonnes, is 302ft (92 metres) long, 143ft (44 metres) wide, 85ft (26 metres) high and can travel at 92mph.

It is about 50ft (15 metres) longer than the biggest passenger jets and uses helium to become airborne.

It is hoped it will be used for a variety of functions, such as surveillance, communications, delivering aid and even passenger travel. An Airlander 50 is planned, which would be able to transport 50 tonnes of freight.

Locals react to Airlander 10 crash

Locals who were visiting Cardington today have been reacting to the news of the Airlander 10 crashing this morning.

The 25 million pound aircraft was on its second test flight, but failed to reach home safely.

We saw it this morning flying, and everything looked okay.

I think it's a shock. Especially after how much money they spent on it and it crashed so soon.

– Eyewitness

Firm behind Airlander to begin investigation into crash

The Airlander 10, sits on the ground after crashing at Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire Credit: PA Images

The developers behind Airlander 10 say they've launched an investigation into why the aircraft crashed as it landed in Bedfordshire.

The cockpit of the aircraft was damaged as it landed at its base in Cardington this morning.

It flew for 100 minutes and completed all the planned tasks before returning to land.

The world's largest aircraft crashed during its second test flight Credit: PA Images

Hybrid Air Vehicles say they will be running though the flight test activities in the next few days and an investigation into the crash is likely to take a couple of months.

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.

– Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV)

Footage of Airlander 10 as it crashed into the ground

The world's largest aircraft has crashed during its second test flight Credit: Twitter/ @jaylucas7

Footage by Lee Cordell has emerged of the Airlander 10 as it crashed during its second test flight in Bedfordshire this morning.

The cockpit of the aircraft has been damaged as it landed at its base in Cardington.

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