HYDERABAD: The new airport in Shamshabad added another feather in its cap, when a massive aircraft, Antonov (An-124) weighing nearly 1.75 lakh kg landed here in the early hours of Friday.
The Russian-made aircraft, one of the largest cargo carriers in the world arrived from Karachi and landed at 2.10 a.m.
The An-124 was the largest mass-produced aircraft until the advent of Airbus A-380 and is similar to the American Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. The mammoth aircraft is generally used for transporting locomotives, yachts, aircraft fuselages and a variety of oversized cargoes.
The aircraft which measures 69.1 metres in length and 20.78 metres in height can actually kneel down to allow easier front-loading of upto 150 tonnes of cargo.
The An-124 with a wingspan of 73.3 metres can cruise at a maximum speed of 865 kmph at an altitude of 10,000 mts. It can travel 16,500 km at a stretch with full tank fuel.