Russian Antonov plane seen in the skies over Derbyshire

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A Russian Antonov AN-124 plane flying from a town in southern Russia has been spotted flying overhead in Derbyshire.

The plane was seen by some readers of Derbyshire Live, Belper, as the flight descended into the sky towards East Midlands Airport at around 8.15am on Tuesday February 22.

FlightRadar24 confirmed the plane’s flight path passed through Russia, Finland and Sweden, before passing through Sheffield and landing at East Midland Airport, Castle Donington.

The plane remained in the air for nearly eight hours after leaving Novosibirsk at 7:05 a.m. local time.

The plane landed at East Midlands Airport at 8.28am UK time.

The same plane is currently en route to Russia, this time heading for the city of Kazan this afternoon.

The aircraft used is an Antonov An-124 aircraft, one of the largest aircraft in the world, specially designed for transporting loads or heavy loads.

According to the Air Charter Service, the aircraft has a large cargo capacity and ramps designed specifically for loading heavy equipment.

The design of this aircraft dates back to the Soviet Union in the 1970s, before first entering service in 1985 when President Gorbachev was in power in the USSR.

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