Setback for world's biggest aircraft
After finishing last week’s second test flight of 100 minutes and completing all the planned tasks, the “Airlander 10” made a heavy landing at its base in Cardington (UK).
The hybrid airship sustained some damage to the flight deck which is currently being assessed. Both pilots and the ground crew are safe and well, and the aircraft is secured and stable at its normal mooring location.
Hybrid Air Vehicles, the developer and operator of what is currently the world’s biggest aircraft (length 92m - AN-225: 84 m), has a robust set of procedures for flight test activities and investigation of issues. The company said that it will be running through these in the days ahead as it continues the development of the Airlander aircraft.
Further updates will follow in the next ITJ's Heavylift supplement, to be published on 9 September 2016.