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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 189502
Last updated: 17 January 2021
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Time:10:24 LT
Type:HAV Airlander 10
Owner/operator:Hybrid Air Vehicles
Registration: G-PHRG
C/n / msn: 001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire
Destination airport:Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire
Investigating agency: AAIB
The prototype was damaged during a landing incident on its second, 100 minute, UK test flight. Damage was apparent to flight deck. Early press reports of striking a power lines were denied but subsequent investigation did show a mooring line contacted a cable. The crew were uninjured.

At the end of the test flight the aircraft could not be secured to its mooring mast because of a fault in winching apparatus at the mast. The aircraft departed again while the issue was investigated. As it did so the mooring line, which had been secured temporarily, fell free until it hung to its full 47-metre length below the aircraft. The second approach therefore had to be higher than ideal, which resulted in the aircraft arriving over the landing site at an excessive height.

The test pilot attempted to manoeuvre the aircraft in order to bring the mooring line within reach of the ground crew, but in so doing, it unexpectedly adopted an exaggerated nose down attitude and began to descend. The pilot was unable to affect a recovery before the aircraft struck the ground, causing damage to the cabin flight deck area.

Nature of damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Damage to cabin flight deck area".


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Photo of G-PHRG courtesy

Cardington - Airship Base
4 June 2017; (c) Trevor Thornton

Revision history:

24-Aug-2016 12:13 Aerossurance Added
24-Aug-2016 12:17 Aerossurance Updated [Registration, Cn, Phase, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
24-Aug-2016 12:22 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
24-Aug-2016 14:03 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
24-Aug-2016 15:13 Aerossurance Updated [Location]
24-Aug-2016 17:52 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
24-Aug-2016 17:56 harro Updated [Embed code, Damage]
25-Aug-2016 07:55 harro Updated [Damage]
25-Aug-2016 15:26 Aerossurance Updated [Total occupants, Narrative]
25-Aug-2016 22:27 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Sep-2016 09:09 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
11-Mar-2017 17:52 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2017 21:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2017 21:33 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
15-Mar-2017 21:36 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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