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The Airlander has smashed into a UK field

WENN TWITTER CRASH The Airlander has smashed into a UK field

HAV said a woman member of its staff suffered minor injuries in the incident and she was taken to hospital as a "precaution" before being discharged.

The world's longest aircraft, dubbed the Airlander 10, had broken in two at a Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire, United Kingdom.

The 302ft prototype, made by Hybrid Air Vehicles is half airship, half aeroplane and is the largest aircraft in the world - bigger than an Airbus A380.

The Airlander 10 can be seen damaged
TWITTER DAMAGE The Airlander 10 can be seen crashed in a Bedfordshire field

It reportedly came free from its mooring and drifted into branches, which ripped into its side.

It is the latest accident to befall the aircraft, which carried out its first flight in May since crashing in August previous year.

Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) says the aircraft was not flying when the incident occurred.

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A spokesman for Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd said the Airlander was not flying at the time and was on its mooring mast. The safety mechanism was put into place to minimise damage to the surroundings in case the aircraft broke free.

Its manufacturers Hybrid Air Vehicles had carried out test flights on Friday before police were called to a site close to its hangars in Cardington, Beds, today. Both the injuries were minor.

Nearby roads were closed off as police officers investigate the crash - and there are fears there could be a leak of fuel or helium.

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"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.

During that incident, in which no one was injured, the 50ft-long aircraft nose-dived and crashed, severely damaging its cockpit.

The Airlander, which uses helium to fly and can carry 10 tonnes of cargo, can be used for surveillance, passenger travel and delivering aid, according to HAV.

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