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World's largest aircraft Airlander 10 crashes into telegraph pole during test flight

Neil Lancefield

Published 24/08/2016 | 13:14

Airlander 10 Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Airlander 10 Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Airlander 10 Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Airlander 10 Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The world's largest aircraft has crashed during its second test flight since being revamped in the UK.

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Airlander 10, a 302ft-long (92-metre) part plane, part helicopter and part airship, was damaged after reportedly hitting a telegraph pole at its base at Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire on Wednesday morning.

Photographs emerged showing the aircraft on the ground with its nose pointing towards the floor.

Hybrid Air Vehicles, which is developing Airlander 10, issued a statement on Facebook which said: "We're debriefing following the second test flight this morning. All crew are safe and well and there are no injuries."

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