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A Russian-registered Antonov AN-124 is towed into Pearson Airport. Canadian airspace is closed to aircraft registered in Russia. © Frank Gunn/dpa/The Canadian Press/AP

An Antonov landed in Nuremberg last week. The largest cargo plane in the world has been destroyed near Kyiv. Canada has just seized a Russian aircraft of this type.

Update March 1, 10:51 a.m.: One of the largest transport planes, an Antonov, caused a stir at Nuremberg airport last week (see first report). Her big sister is said to have been destroyed during the war in Ukraine (see previous update). According to local media, Canada has now confiscated a Russian Antonov. Canada joined countries that closed their airspace to Russian aircraft because of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine.

“We will hold Russia responsible for its unprovoked attacks on Ukraine,” Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said on Sunday, according to AFP (local time). The EU and other European countries had previously banned overflights of Russian planes. The Russian transport plane will likely not be allowed to leave Canada at this time. Special permission must be requested in advance.

After Antonov’s visit to Nuremberg airport: Big sister destroyed in Ukrainian war

Update February 27, 6:18 p.m.: One of the largest transport planes in the world, the Antonov, landed at Nuremberg airport on Tuesday (see first report). Many “plane spotters” did not miss the event and gathered at Albrecht Dürer airport. The airport then posted a video of the giant colossus’ departure via Twitter (see previous update).

In the Ukrainian conflict, the big sister of the Antonov was probably destroyed during the war. According to Ukrainian media, the world’s largest cargo plane, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, was parked at Hostomel airport near Kyiv. It was the only aircraft of this type. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter: “Russia may have destroyed our Mriya. But they will never destroy our dream of a strong, free and democratic European country.

Show at Nuremberg Airport – Airport shares video of giant jet departure

Update February 23, 12:10 p.m.: “Bye Bye Antonov”, wrote Airport Albrecht Dürer on Twitter. The airport also released a video of the giant jet taking off. The large cargo plane only landed yesterday, many plane spotters followed the event (see previous updates).

Update February 23, 9:51 a.m.: It was a spectacle: on Tuesday, a giant jet, the Antonov An-124, landed at Albrecht Dürer airport in Nuremberg. Many plane spotters didn’t miss the whole thing. The event was also special for the Border Police at Nuremberg Airport. “Our job is to carry out entry checks for pilots and crew, since they do not pass through the terminal. At the same time, we want to let you have a look inside, because very few of you can get that close to the plane,” the Middle Franconia police wrote on Facebook and put some pictures online.

But this is only a short visit. The plane is already leaving the Franconian metropolis on Wednesday. The departure is scheduled for 11 a.m., as announced by the airport on Twitter.

Antonov landed in Nuremberg: many plane spotters watch the giant jet

Update February 22, 10:50 a.m.: The Antonov An-124 has reached its destination. Not only many plane spotters could see this on the spot. Airport fans could also follow every minute on their homepage. Because it has become a live ticker furnished, which inspired readers with many photos.

Giant Antonov cargo plane lands in Nuremberg on Tuesday
Many aircraft observers witnessed the landing of the Antonov. © NEWS5 / Osswald

The huge plane is currently being unloaded. Boxes much larger than the average pickup truck are maneuvered out of the belly of the machine. And a departure time has already been set. Tomorrow, Wednesday around 11 a.m., the Antonov should leave. Then many aviation enthusiasts will certainly end up at Nuremberg Airport.

Update February 22, 8:19 a.m.: The Antonov landed at Nuremberg Airport in the morning. Many plane spotters observed the landing.

Show at Nuremberg Airport: giant jet on its way to Bavaria – landing is imminent

Update February 22, 06:51: After the postponed arrival at the weekend, the time has come: the Antonov must land at Albrecht Dürer airport in less than an hour. As the airport itself announced on Twitter, the giant jet is expected around 7:40 a.m.

Show at Nuremberg Airport: Giant jet on its way to Bavaria – announcement makes fans sad

First report of February 22: Nuremberg – A plane so big that there is also room for another plane. You don’t see something like this very often. And it’s been a while since one of the biggest transport planes in the world, an Antonov An-124, landed in Nuremberg. A little over four years to be exact. In December 2017, she brought a business jet back to the Franconian metropolis in her stomach. She will visit Nuremberg Airport again tomorrow Tuesday.

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The giant plane heads for Nuremberg: the landing is delayed

In fact, last Saturday was supposed to be the big day. The plane spotters – that is, the so-called plane spotters – had already entered the day in bold in the calendar. Then short-term change. Landing was postponed until 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. “Why was the arrival postponed?” It was then immediately on Twitter in the comments. The airport quickly responded that this sometimes happens with cargo charter flights.

The airport answered further questions from its followers on its Twitter page. Among other things, it is now known that the machine flies from the USA to Nuremberg. It can also be tracked via the Flightradar24 app or website. Only those who want to follow the landing of the drone live – with a wingspan of almost 75 meters, the Antonov has wings 15 meters larger than the jumbo jet Boeing 747 – should get up early.

Antonov in Nuremberg: Delayed landing not welcomed by fans

The announcement of the postponed landing was not well received by many fans. Everyone showed understanding and was grateful for the notification. But the disappointment was great. “It’s a shame, I would have been there” or “It’s a shame, but thanks for the info”, reads on Facebook on the post from the airport.

It is not yet known when the giant jet will fly again. At least the airport initially didn’t provide any information. What is certain, however, is what he will have loaded. “There are parts for a factory build on board,” the airport’s website says. (call)

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