World's largest aircraft crashes in Bedfordshire

The world's largest aircraft crashes at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.

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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)

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