On November 17, Airlander 10, the largest aircraft in the world (92 meters long, 44 meters wide, 20 tons) disintegrated in Bedford County, England, causing two injuries. The specialized aviation accident department investigates the incident. A similar incident occurred in August 2016 near the airship hangar.
Airlander 10 crashed into a field at Cardington Airfield after its moorings broke. When they broke, a safety system to deflate the aircraft from its helium, operated, according to the British manufacturer, the Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd. “It’s a measure to make sure our aircraft minimizes any potential damage to the surroundings in such circumstances,” the company warned. “We are testing a whole new kind of aircraft and incidents of this nature can occur during this development phase. We will know the cause of the incident and the extent of the repairs in the coming weeks, “she added.
The aircraft was found a few meters from its moorings, its disemboweled envelope, gondola, cockpit and ground propellers. A woman was taken to the hospital, where she stayed briefly. Another person was slightly injured when he intervened in the area.
The police established a security perimeter around the aircraft, secured on the ground, and also emptied it of fuel.
Another incident involving Airlander 10 occurred on August 24, 2016 : a mini crash had occurred, without causing any casualties. However, the aircraft passed a series of tests on November 17, 2017, a few hours before the incident.
The Airlander 10 can stay in the air five days with a crew or more than 2 weeks without passengers on board. He was preparing to begin luxury commercial connections for 60 people from 2019.