World's Longest Aircraft Slowly Crashes During Second Test Flight

Posted on August 24, 2016

The World's Longest Aircraft - the Airlander 10 from Hybrid Air Vehicles - slowly crashed to the ground during its second test flight. The aircraft is 302 feet (92 meters) long. It crashed during a flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.

BBC News reports that the giant aircraft sustained damage to cockpit. No one on the plane was injured.

A spokesperson for the Airlander gave an upbeat assessment despite the accident. The spokesperson told BBC News, "The flight went really well and the only issue was when it landed."

The aircraft has been dubbed "the flying bum" for the way it looks from behind. Here is video footage of the crash or "landing" as the company calls it:

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