A six-seater electric plane, said to be Europe’s largest emission-free aircraft, has completed its first UK test flight.

Powered by hydrogen, the Piper Malibu flew several short journeys from Cranfield Airport in Bedfordshire, as part of a project funded by the UK government.

Manufacturer ZeroAvia said it hoped to have a version with 50-100 seats ready by the end of the decade.

Chief executive Val Miftakhov said: «This test flight is the latest in a series of milestones that moves the possibility of zero-emission flight closer to reality.»

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