In the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, owned by Antonov Airlines, was entirely destroyed. Now, for the first time, fresh video footage from Ukraine has surfaced, revealing the wrecked Mriya. Russian troops withdrew from Hostomel, a city north of Kyiv, on March 31, 2022, according to reports.
The Antonov Airlines headquarters is located in the city, where the world’s largest transport plane, the Antonov An-225, was stationed during the Russia-Ukraine war. Despite the fact that Ukraine’s Armed Forces have yet officially declared Hostomel captured, multiple videos of Ukrainian soldiers entering the city have appeared online.
The wreckage of the Antonov An-225 can also be seen, in addition to the damage to hangars and other buildings. The footage shows many components of the plane, including engine blades, landing gear, and a bullet-riddled tail section.
Due to damage, the plane is split into two sections in the footage. The aircraft’s famous front loading-bay doors have been removed from the fuselage, and the wings have been severely damaged. A destroyed APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) may also be seen in the film.
This is the first time the public has seen Antonov Airlines’ facilities and the majority of its planes since the catastrophe. With so much going on in Ukraine, it’s difficult to see where the resources for a new An-225 will come from.
It will take a lot of effort to get the Antonov airline back up and operating utilizing planes that are currently in the nation rather than planes that are currently out of the country.
In the aftermath of the disaster, this is the first time the public has seen Antonov Airlines’ facilities and the majority of its planes. With so much going on in Ukraine, it’s difficult to see how a new An-225 will be produced.
.The Antonov An-225 Mriya, like the Concorde and the Boeing B747 Jumbo, drew crowds wherever it went. Its departure will be felt by many ardent airplane aficionados, as it will leave a void in the world’s heavy-lift capability.