World’s largest cargo plane destroyed by Russian airstrike

Sunday February 27, 2022 4:30 p.m.

The world’s largest cargo plane, the Antonov An-225, was destroyed, sources confirmed. (Picture/Twitter)

Sources have revealed that the world’s largest cargo plane, Antonov’s An-225 Mriya, was set on fire by a Russian airstrike on Kyiv’s Hostomel cargo airport.

Two Antonov employees told Ukrainian radio station Radio Svoboda that the Moscow attack set fire to the plane, which was stationed at the Ukrainian manufacturer’s base.

The news, confirmed by the mayor of Bucha – a Kyiv suburb close to the airfield – was later reported by Ukrainian defense journalist Illia Ponomarenko.

“The world’s largest cargo plane, Ukraine’s Antonov An-225 Mriya, along with other giant jets stationed at Hostomel, were destroyed in a Russian attack on Antonov airfield,” he tweeted.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytrio Kuleba confirmed the news by tweeting: “Russia may have destroyed our ‘Mriya’. But they can never destroy our dream of a strong, free and democratic European state. We will vanquish !

Responding to media speculation, Antonov said he could not confirm the plane’s condition until experts inspected it.

The news broke the hearts of aviation enthusiasts around the world, who took her to Twitter to pay tribute to the ‘beautiful bird’.

“This plane brought much needed medical supplies to Canada in 2020,” said one user while another said the 84m plane brought 2.5 million Covid-19 tests just three years ago. weeks.

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