Woman injured after world's largest aircraft breaks free

Mae Love
November 19, 2017

Airlander reported on Saturday that after leaving its moorings, an onboard system ripped open the hull and deflated the enormous aircraft so it ended up crumpled on the edge of the airfield.

The 92 metre-long airship cost £100m to get into the air before it crashed in only its second ever United Kingdom flight when its mooring lines got tangled with power lines in August 24 a year ago. "We are testing a brand new type of aircraft and incidents of this nature can occur during this phase of development", the company said in the post.

"Our initial assessment is that the aircraft broke free from its mooring mast for reasons that will be investigated".

HAV said the aircraft's safety system was created to ensure that if it broke free from its moorings the hull would tear and deflate.

The world's longest aircraft dubbed the "Flying Bum" was seriously damaged on Saturday after it slipped its moorings and crashed into a field. The woman suffered concussion, cuts and bruises and was treated by paramedics for minor injuries.

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Bedford police closed nearby roads as a precaution.

During that incident, in which no one was injured, the 50ft-long aircraft nose-dived and crashed, severely damaging its cockpit.

Pictures have emerged of the 20-tonne Airlander 10's canopy completely collapsed after the prototype plummeted to the ground.

HAV believes it could be used for a variety of functions, such as surveillance, communications, delivering aid and even passenger travel.

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