Airlander 10 damaged landing after second test flight

Airlander 10 first flight at Cardington Airfield

The Airlander 10 airship has been damaged while landing during its second test flight at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.

The 92 metre long vehicle sustained damage to its cockpit while landing and not mid-air or hitting a telegraph pole as had been reported. Airlander 10 took off on its historic first flight on 17 August, remaining in the air for about 15 minutes, reaching a height of 500 feet and a speed of 35 knots.

Hybrid Air Vehicles, the company behind the Airlander said on Twitter: “We’re debriefing following the second test flight this morning. All crew are safe and well and there are no injuries.”

It adds: “Airlander sustained damage on landing during today’s flight. No damage was sustained mid-air or as a result of a telegraph pole as reported.”

Hybrid Air Vehicles was founded in 2007 and the Airlander is described as a low noise, low pollution and environmentally friendly form of transport, and can stay airborne for up to five days.

Video of first flight: