Remember when the Airlander nosedived? It did so to avoid snagging a dangling mooring line


Remember when the Airlander 10 made an incredibly slow crash-landing at a funny angle?

Airlander 10 crashing
(Lee Cordell/PA)

Well an interim report submitted to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) found that a mooring line had dropped free from the nose during the aircraft's second take-off and so a "higher than desired" landing had to be made to avoid potentially snagging it on trees.

The world's largest airship - which is also less flatteringly known as the Flying Bum (no explanation probably needed) and is the length of a football pitch - was damaged after nosediving at Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire, on August 24.

Airlander 10 sits on the ground after crashing
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The AAIB will continue to investigate but said that it was "very encouraged" by the capability of the aircraft demonstrated in its initial test flights - "despite the hard landing".

Good to know for us lot since one of its possible functions for the future is passenger travel.