Watch: Airlander 10 aircraft crashes during flight test
Hybrid Air Vehicles, British manufacturer of the world’s largest aircraft Airlander 10, confirmed on Wednesday that during a test flight the aircraft had a crash landing after it hit a telegraph pole in Bedfordshire, England.
Airlander 10 has a size of six double-decker buses put together. This was the airship’s second flight test and even upon crashing, all members and staff landed safely.
The first flight test had taken place recently before the crashing on Wednesday. The company had also posted pictures of its successful testing, on Twitter. This 92-m Airlander 10 can carry up to 48 passengers. The manufacturing company has said that once the issues with the airship are resolved and the vehicle inflated with helium is able to carry itself for two weeks in the air, it can be used by consumers for multiple purposes such as cargo, communication, sending aid, leisurely purposes, as well as, surveillance purposes.
The Airlander 10 can operate from many kinds of surfaces, such as land, water and ice. Additionally, it does not require any runway as it can fly and land vertically without the need to move forward to gain momentum.
Prior to their flight testing and the crashing incident, Hybrid Air Vehicles had told news agency Reuters that they were determined to manufacture 12 Airlander 10s by 2018. However, at the time of the crash, the company denied any such incident. They had even stated on social media that no such crash had taken place. When various news agencies tried to reach them via telephone, they were unavailable.
Although this puts the company’s reputation about being truthful questionable, there is no denying that if the Airlander 10 becomes successful, it is going to be of much help to the world.
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