World's biggest aircraft crashes
The world’s largest aircraft, a part-plane, part-airship hybrid being developed in the UK, has crashed during its second test flight.
Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), which is developing the Airlander 10, claims the aircraft will be able to stay airborne for about five days during manned flights, and hopes to be building up to ten Airlanders a year from 2021.
The Airlander uses helium to become airborne, and is powered by four diesel engine-driven propellers. It successfully completed its first test flight on 17 August, performing one lap of the airfield before landing about half-an-hour later. It is to undergo about 200 hours of test flights.
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