The developer of the world’s largest aircraft says the blimp-shaped airship “sustained damage” after it made a bumpy landing on its second test flight in eastern England.
Hybrid Air Vehicles says it is trying to figure out what caused the rough landing of the 302-foot (92-meter) Airlander 10 during its flight Wednesday in Bedfordshire, north of London.
In a statement on Facebook it said all “crew are safe and well and there are no injuries.” “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,” the post read.
A hybrid of blimp, helicopter and airplane, the Airlander is able to stay aloft for days at a time. It is designed to use less fuel than a plane, but carry heavier loads than conventional airships.
It further added on Facebook, “We’re debriefing following the second test flight this morning. All crew are safe and well and there are no injuries.”
The aircraft was initially developed for the U.S. military for use in surveillance in Afghanistan. It employs innovative technology to combine characteristics of fixed-wing aircrafts and helicopters to create a new breed of hyper-efficient aircraft. The company claims it can stay on air up to five days if manned and over two weeks when unmanned.
It’s function is to fulfill communication of various sorts, survey roles, carrying cargo for both the military and commercial sectors with very low carbon footprint as compared to other aircrafts.