Airbags fitted in largest aircraft
The world’s largest aircraft piloted by a Rutherglen man has been fitted with airbags following a crash.
Chief test pilot David Burns from Spittal was on board the Airlander 10 when it nosedived during a test flight at Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire, in August last year.
Manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles ( HAV) has since added a pair of airbags more than 9ft long to enable the aircraft - which is as long as a football pitch - to land at a greater range of angles.
The 302ft-long plane is about 50ft longer than the biggest passenger jets and is 143ft wide and 85ft high.
The system will be deployed on most landings in the flight test programme, which is expected to resume in the coming weeks.
A mobile mooring mast has also been developed to make it easier to control the aircraft when it is being moved around the airfield.