Beaten OAPs’ cold com­fort

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY VICKY SMITH vicky.smith@mir­ror.co.uk

A THUG must buy his el­derly par­ents a fridge freezer af­ter at­tack­ing them.

David Napier, 50, has two months to give a court proof they have re­ceived the gift.

He had ad­mit­ted beat­ing his mum, 84, and dad, 88, with a walk­ing stick.

At Banff sher­iff court, Aberdeen­shire, Sher­iff Philip Mann said he should com­pen­sate them for “unacceptable be­hav­iour”.

He told Napier, of Tur­riff: “It was fright­en­ing for your par­ents. Is there a lux­ury item they would wel­come? A new fridge freezer?”

THE world’s largest air­craft – dubbed the “fly­ing bum” – has made an ass of it­self by crash­ing on a test flight.

The 302ft-long Airlander 10, which has been cheek­ily com­pared to Kim Kar­dashian’s back­side, ap­peared to collide with a tele­graph pole be­fore landing on its cock­pit.

No one was hurt and de­spite hit­ting rock bot­tom, devel­op­ers of the £25mil­lion craft made light of the in­ci­dent.

A spokesman for Hy­brid Air Ve­hi­cles said: “The flight went re­ally well and the only is­sue was when it landed.”

The part-plane, part-heli­copter and part-airship first took to the air at Card­ing­ton Air­field, Beds, a week ago in a suc­cess­ful 30-minute maiden voy­age.

But it was a dif­fer­ent story yes­ter­day as one wit­ness said: “A line that was hang­ing down from the plane hit the tele­graph pole about two fields away.

“Then, as it came in to land, it seemed to nose dive and landed on the cock­pit, smash­ing it up.”

But HAV de­nied dam­age was sus­tained mid-air or as a re­sult of a tele­graph pole.

Airlander, which is 143ft wide and 85ft high, is due to have 200 hours of test flights.

When the giant blimp was first un­veiled, many pointed out its nose re­sem­bled mu­mof-two Kim Kar­dashian’s fa­mous bot­tom.

Com­ments such as “look for­ward to the twerk-off be­tween the fly­ing bum and Kim Kar­dashian” went vi­ral.

Footage of the crash shows the air­craft trav­el­ling steadily at a low al­ti­tude be­fore tip­ping for­wards with its nose point­ing to­wards the ground.

It then hits the field, with its cock­pit ap­pear­ing to take the brunt of the im­pact.

HAV added: “The pro­to­type Airlander 10 un­der­took its sec­ond test flight and flew for 100 min­utes, com­plet­ing all planned tasks be­fore re­turn­ing to Card­ing­ton [air­field] to land. “How­ever, it ex­pe­ri­enced a heavy landing and the front of the flight deck has sus­tained some dam­age which is cur­rently be­ing as­sessed. “Both pi­lots and the ground crew are safe and the air­craft is se­cure and stable at its nor­mal moor­ing lo­ca­tion.” The Air Ac­ci­dents In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch con­firmed that it will in­ves­ti­gate. The Airlander was first de­vel­oped for the US gov­ern­ment as a spy craft air­craft, but fell foul of cut­backs.

RUMPY RIDE Air­craft plunges into field yes­ter­day CRUSHED Airlander 10’s crash-landing dam­aged its cock­pit

BUTT OF JOKES Airship has been likened to Kim Kar­dashian’ bot­tom. Be­low: Kim

PAY­BACK A fridge freezer

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