World's largest aircraft crashes in Bedfordshire

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

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Airlander 10: Cause of crash still unknown

The moment the Airlander nose-dived into the ground. Credit: Lee Cordell

The pilot of the Airlander 10 that crashed in Bedfordshire says the cause is still being investigated.

The £25 million aircraft nose-dived as it came to land from its second test flight at Cardington Airfield in August.

The cockpit was damaged by the impact, but the pilot escaped injury.

The Airlander - which is the world's largest aircraft - is being repaired and is expected to fly again early next year.

"The aircraft was pitched nose-down and we couldn't avoid hitting the ground. The flight deck of the aircraft struck the ground first, causing damage to the front end of the aircraft.

"We're still looking into the exact causes of what's going on. There are some complex interactions, so we're still investigating."

– Simon Davies, Experimental Test Pilot

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