• One of the largest aircraft in the world landed in Ghana on July 7, 2021
• The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft
• The six-engine aircraft is one of only two built in the world
One of the largest planes in the world has landed in Ghana at Kotoka International Airport.
According to details via AviationGhana.com, the aircraft known as the “Antonov An-225 Mriya” successfully landed in Ghana on July 7, 2021 at around 4:00 p.m. from Leipzig, Germany.
Ghana is one of the few countries where the aircraft has successfully transported strategic cargo that requires at least six crew members consisting of a pilot, a co-pilot, two flight engineers, a navigator and a radio operator.
The six-engine aircraft, estimated to cost between US $ 200 million and US $ 250 million, is one of only two built in the world and undertakes the strategic transport of heavy cargo to specific destinations around the world.
It was first designed in the 1980s in the Soviet Union and manufactured by the Antonov Design Bureau (ADB) of Ukraine. It has the heaviest fixed wing for an aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes of cargo.
While the Airbus A380 Airliner, An-124, and Boeing 747 Freighter are relatively huge, the “Antonov An-225 Mriya” is said to be the largest aircraft ever built for the aviation industry.
The Antonov An-225 Mriya which bears a NATO code name “Cossack” is currently the only fleet in operation.