The largest aircraft in the world – Airlander 10 crashed during its second test flight. The hybrid between an airship and a helicopter, which is a long 92 m (8 meters longer than the An-225 Mriya) did a nosedive in its attempt to land . The damage is mainly in the cockpit, which is deformed on impact around 11:00 local time. The crew wasn’t harmed.
“The Airlander experienced a heavy landing and the front of the flight deck has sustained some damage which is currently being assessed….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,” says a statement by the HAV team.
The aircraft flew for the first time on August 17. Airlander 10 is a mix of a dirigible, plane and helicopter and therefore prefer to call it simply the greatest human creation, flew in the air. It is filled with helium as a dirigible, but can fly on its own using its 4 plane engines and has all the characteristic design features of an airplane. But does not need runway landing, by which resembles a helicopter.
It’s important to note that Airlander 10 uses non-flammable gas – helium and it can’t repeat the case of Hindenburg, which crashed and killed 35 people in 1937. Airlander 10 sustains its lift with helium, unlike earlier zeppelins such as the Hindenburg, which were powered by hydrogen.
The aim of the test flights is to hopefully prepare the aircraft for commercial use.