Airlander 10: World's largest aircraft crashes in Bedfordshire

| Updated: Aug 25, 2016 02:09 IST

London, Aug. 24 (ANI): The world's largest aircraft Airlander 10 crashed during its second test flight on Wednesday in Bedfordshire, after it was revamped in the UK. The Airlander 10 aircraft is 92-metre-long (302ft) aircraft and is part plane, part helicopter, part airship. It was damaged after reportedly hitting a telegraph pole at its base at Cardington airfield, Bedfordshire, reports the Guardian. The statement issued by Hybrid Air Vehicles, which is developing Airlander 10 said, "We're debriefing following the second test flight this morning. All crew are safe and well and there are no injuries." Airlander 10 costs about $40 million and is named the Martha Gwyn, after the wife of Philip Gwyn, the top boss at the manufacturing company HAV. According to reports, the Airlander was first developed for the US government as a long-endurance surveillance aircraft. The aircraft about 15 metres longer than the biggest passenger jets and uses helium to become airborne, travelling at speeds of up to 92mph. It successfully completed its first test flight without incident on 17 August and performed one lap of the airfield before landing about half an hour later. Hybrid Air Vehicles claims it could be used for a variety of functions such as surveillance, communications, delivering aid and even passenger travel. (ANI)