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World's largest aircraft crashes on landing during second test run

By midian182
Aug 24, 2016
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  1. News arrived last week that the world’s biggest aircraft, the helium-filled plane/airship Airlander 10, had completed its maiden voyage in Bedfordshire, UK. Today, a second test flight took place. Sadly, this one wasn’t quite as successful – the aircraft crashed into the ground as it came in to land.

    Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) – the company that built the Airlander 10 – said on its Facebook page: "We're debriefing following the second test flight this morning. All crew are safe and well and there are no injuries."

    An eyewitness account claimed that a line hanging from the aircraft had hit a telephone pole, causing it to crash. The company has since denied this, calling the impact a "heavy landing," but it did admit that Airlander sustained some damage, believed to be in the cockpit.

    A spokesperson for HAV said that other than the crash, the rest of the 100 minute flight passed without any problems. "The flight went really well and the only issue was when it landed," they told the BBC.

    At 302 feet long, the Airlander 10 is about 50 feet longer than the world’s biggest passenger planes. It has a carbon fiber hull filled with 38,000 cubic meters of pressurized helium, and its four 325hp, 4 litre V8 direct injection, turbo-diesel engines drive the four propellers.

    During last week’s maiden flight, the Airlander reach an altitude of 500 feet and hit a top speed of 40 mph. It flew in a six mile area, taking off and landing without any incidents.

    The UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch has confirmed it is investigating the crash, but said it would not be sending a team to the site.

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  2. Pinkie Pie

    Pinkie Pie TS Booster Posts: 62   +29

  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,181   +528

    For a "crash" landing, that was pretty tame, which is a good thing.
     
  4. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag TS Addict Posts: 135   +67

    "The flight went really well and the only issue was when it landed," ........Pretty sure that can be said about any airplane crash.
     
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  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    "It's not the fall that kills you - it's the sudden stop at the end."
     
    wastedkill, psycros and MoeJoe like this.
  6. mcborge

    mcborge TS Maniac Posts: 209   +119

    James may wasn't piloting it was he... Its the top gear "hot air caravan" all over again.
     
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  7. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,456   +606

    Another pilot who didn't play Top Gun on NES (and land the frickin plane on the frickin Carrier).
    A mandatory requirement for life IMO.
     
    MilwaukeeMike likes this.
  8. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,556   +862

    at least they avoided restricted airspace!
     
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,498   +2,050

    It probably flies pretty well but the landing? Well that must be worked on just a little bit more. We don't want any more Hindenburg's, Akron's & R101's.
     
  10. mcborge

    mcborge TS Maniac Posts: 209   +119

    True.
     
  11. mcborge

    mcborge TS Maniac Posts: 209   +119

    Or sky odyssey on the ps2.
     
  12. Sniped_Ash

    Sniped_Ash TS Maniac Posts: 253   +108

    OH THE HUMANITY
     
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  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,508   +501

    Mmmm I was expecting to see something more spectacular. Good for the crew though.
     
  14. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,154   +1,429

    Crashed? I thought it only scratched the balzzz :)
     
  15. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,508   +501

    I mean... a crash of a huge balloon filled with helium... how could it go wrong right?
     
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  16. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,323   +710

    Can you imagine how many birds are probably hitching a ride on this monstrosity? They'll have to hire a club-toting conductor to keep them from weighing the ship down!
     
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,695   +1,882

    Well, the nerds over at Kickstarter are probably taking this to heat. "Oh no, does this I'll never get to touch it like they promised"?

    OTOH, like they always say, "any landing you can walk away from is a good one".

    Which, for this gas bag, needs to be updated to, "any landing you can stick on the third bounce is a good one".

    Plus they only got a 3.5 from the Bulgarian judge .The dismount killed their score...:oops:..Better luck in Tokyo in 2020.

    Still, bad landings just don't have the photo-ops they presented, back in the good old days:

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    Last edited: Aug 24, 2016
  18. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 930   +354

    Guess it's hard now to find experienced Zeppelin drivers
     
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  19. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,669   +777

    Like every pilot knows "any landing you can walk away from is a good one!"
     
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  20. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +56

    I think it caused my computer to crash softly too. Can't get window installer to work. Maybe because I live on plainfield rd, an offshoot of rt 66. In california, I actually lived on rt 66, huntington drive. Long road.
     
  21. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 864   +276

  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,695   +1,882

    It looked to me like they were trying to land the junker cross wind. That won't work for lightly loaded aircraft, with the broad side of a barn for a cross section, doubtless lacking much in the way of control authority. I'm sure the controls are sluggish with that monster, even moving at "full speed".

    You could see it rolling to it's right, with some yaw thrown in for good measure.

    Pilot error. With a landing area that big, they should have pointed it directly into the wind. Runway you ask? Meh, who cares.
     
  23. Hexic

    Hexic TS Addict Posts: 283   +132

    That was the most uneventful 'crash' I have ever witnessed.
     
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  24. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag TS Addict Posts: 135   +67

    And an excellent landing is one after which you can re-use the aircraft.
     
  25. OgnDulk

    OgnDulk TS Enthusiast Posts: 26   +6

    Oops
     

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