Russian force destroys the world’s largest Cargo plane -Mriya: Ukraine

Antonov 225 Mriya- The biggest plane in the world has been destroyed by the Russian force, said Ukraine. It was reported on the fourth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine’s land. Ukraine’s official Twitter handle announced, “The biggest plane in the world “Mriya” (The Dream) was destroyed by Russian occupants on an airfield near Kyiv. We will rebuild the plane. We will fulfill our dream of a strong, free, and democratic Ukraine.” Ukraine also took Twitter to share the news that the Russian forces put fire on the plane and they also said that the Mriya would perish. 

The state defense company in Ukraine said in an official statement that the aircraft had been destroyed but would be rebuilt at Russia’s expense — a cost is put at $3 billion.  Russian occupants came forward to attack the aircraft at an airfield near Kyiv in Ukraine. The aircraft was a Strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Ukrainian SSR within the Soviet Union during the 1980s. The aircraft was unique to the world, at 84 meters long (276 feet) it could transport up to 250 metric tons (551,000 pounds) of cargo at a speed of up to 850 kilometers per hour (528 mph). 

After years of not flying after the fall of the Soviet Union, the only existing copy made a test flight in 2001 in Gostomel, about 20 kilometers from Kyiv. It has been operated by Ukraine’s Antonov Airlines for cargo flights and was in high demand during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The AN-225 was sometimes drafted in to help airlift aid during crises in other countries. In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, it delivered relief supplies to the neighboring Dominican Republic. During the early days of the Covid pandemic, it was used to transport medical supplies to affected areas. Its popularity in the aviation world meant it often drew large crowds wherever it went, particularly when it made star appearances at air shows.
According to sources, Mriya remains the heaviest aircraft ever built. The plane has a maximum payload weight of 250 tonnes, which can be carried inside or on its back. It boasts the largest wingspan of any airplane in operational service and it is also powered by six turbofan engines. Only one An-225 was ever built by the Kyiv-based Antonov company, which came up with the design.