Airlander 10 makes nosedive during its second flight
24 August 2016
The Airlander 10 has sustained some damage after it took a nosedive during its second test flight from Cardington Airfield to Bedfordshire.
The statement on the Airlander 10 website reads as follows:
'The prototype Airlander 10 undertook its second test flight and flew for 100 minutes, completing all the planned tasks before returning to Cardington to land. The Airlander experienced a heavy landing and the front of the flight deck has sustained some damage 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 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. Further updates will follow in due course.'
Since then, Hybrid Air Vehicles can confirm a mooring line attached to the Airlander did contact a power line outside the airfield. No damage was caused to the aircraft and this did not contribute to the heavy landing. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused to anyone.’
Video courtesy of Lee Cordell/YouTube.