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Largest aircraft deflates.

ONE woman was taken to hospital after the world's largest aircraft, Airlander 10, came loose from its moorings causing its hull to rip and deflate. The part-plane, part-airship, which is the length of a football pitch, was lying collapsed at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire after the incident yesterday morning.

Manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) said it was investigating why the PS25m aircraft broke free.

The firm said: "The aircraft was not flying at the time of the incident. Our initial assessment is that the aircraft broke free from its mooring mast for reasons that will be investigated.

"The aircraft has a safety system which operates automatically in circumstances of the aircraft breaking free of its mast, and is designed to rip open the hull and deflate the aircraft.

"This is a safety feature to ensure our aircraft minimises any potential damage to its surroundings in these circumstances."

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.

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 19, 2017
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