Airlander 10 craft crashes during its second test flight

The craft completed its maiden voyage less than a week ago

Airlander 10 craft crashes during its second test flight

File photo of the Airlander 10, during its maiden flight at Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire | Image: Joe Giddens / PA Wire/Press Association Images

The world's largest aircraft has been damaged after crashing during its second test flight since being revamped in the UK.

Airlander 10 reportedly hit a telegraph pole at its base at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire this morning.

Photos show the 92-metre-long aircraft on the ground, with its nose pointing towards the floor.

It is part-plane, part-helicopter and part-airship.

The craft completed its maiden voyage less than a week ago.

That flight marked the beginning of 200 hours of test flights for the craft, which will be able to stay airborne for about five days during manned flights.

Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAC) has made hundreds of changes since taking over development of the aircraft.

On the crash, the firm says: "We're debriefing following the second test flight this morning. All crew are safe and well and there are no injuries."

The aircraft was conceived to be used in long-endurance surveillance for the US government before it fell foul of defence cuts.

It uses helium to become airborne and can travel at a speed of 148km/h.