World's largest aircraft breaks into two and collapses in UK

World's longest aircraft collapses in UK

Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd, who owns the aircraft, stated that automatic safety mechanism that breaks open the hull and deflates the Airlander initiated when it broke free of its mooring.

An investigation's underway by Hybrid Air Vehicles to work out why the £25-million aircraft, which wasn't flying at the time, broke free. 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.

Footage taken at the scene shows the deflated aircraft slumped in the field. AWR2a permits Airlander to fly higher (up to 7000 feet), faster (up to 50 knots) and further away from its airfield (up to 75 nautical miles away), and also allows the aircraft to undertake display and demonstration activity.

A combination of a plane and an airship, it's the world's largest aircraft and hit the ground "less than 24 hours after a successful test flight", reports BBC.

The roads around the airfield were closed amid concerns that aviation fuel and helium could escape from the airship.

HAV said a woman member of its staff suffered minor injuries in the incident and she was taken to hospital as a "precaution" before being discharged.

HAV apologised for any inconvenience that may have been caused.

It added that such incidents "can occur during this phase of development".

No-one was injured when the aircraft - which is about 50ft (15 metres) longer than the biggest passenger jets - nose-dived and crashed in the summer of 2016, but the cockpit was severely damaged.

"We will assess the cause of the incident and the extent of repairs needed to the aircraft in the next few weeks", the statement said.

No-one was injured during that incident but the cockpit was severely damaged.

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