Airlander 10, the world’s largest aircraft with Martha Gwyn as the official name, has crashed during its second test flight.
The huge ship crashed as it landed at its base at Cardington Airfield this morning, at the end of its second attempt to fly. The spokesperson for the ship’s makers, HAV, has said that all crew are safe and well and there are no injuries. However, the front of the flight deck has sustained some damage, which is currently being assessed.
The ship appears to have run into problems as it was making its way back onto the ground, when it flew into a telegraph pole and began running into problems.
An eyewitness claims “A line that was hanging down from the plane hit the telegraph pole about two fields away, then, as it came in to land, it seemed to nose dive and landed on the cockpit, smashing it up.”
Airlander 10 can carry a ten tonne payload and is supposed to be able to stay in the air for up to five days. The 302-foot long ship made its maiden voyage last week. The ship is on sale for £25 million. The makers hope that it can be sold for a variety of uses – including surveillance, communications and deliveries.
The company hopes to be building ten of them per year by 2021.