World's largest aircraft breaks free

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The spokesman added: 'Our initial assessment is that the aircraft broke free from its mooring mast for reasons that will be investigated. This system is created to automatically rip open the hull to deflate the aircraft, grounding it and preventing it from causing any more damage to itself or its surroundings.

Two ground crew members suffered minors injuries. The aircraft was not flying, or scheduled to fly at the time of the accident.

The aircraft is created to rip open the hull and deflate it to minimise any potential damage to surroundings. "The aircraft is now deflated and secure on the edge of the airfield", the company said in a Facebook post.

The roads around the airfield were closed amid concerns that aviation fuel and helium could escape from the airship.

A member of staff at Hybrid Air Vehicles, the manufacturer of the craft, sustained minor injuries during the incident at the Cadington airfield near the town of Bedford, the firm said on its Facebook page on Saturday. Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit are at the scene of the crash.

HAV apologised for any inconvenience that may have been caused.

Airlander 10

The latest mishap comes after the 50ft-long aircraft crashed and severely damaged its cockpit during an incident previous year.

THE world's longest aircraft - dubbed the Flying Bum - hit rock bottom when it "mysteriously" broke free from its moorings and crashed.

"We will assess the cause of the incident and the extent of repairs needed to the aircraft in the next few weeks", the statement said.

The aircraft is 92 metres.

Capable of carrying 10 tonnes and up to 60 passengers, it is hoped that it will be used for commercial flights from 2019, taking tourists for air cruises - like a cruise liner of the sky.

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