Ukraine Crisis: Antonov An-225 reported safe

UPDATE March 3 - Video from on the ground at Kyiv/Hostomel Airport has confirmed that the An-225 has in fact been destroyed.

Antonov Design Bureau's chief pilot, Dmitry Antonov, has confirmed via Facebook that the Antonov An-225 - the world's largest cargo aircraft - has not been destroyed.

The world-famous airliner's home base of Kyiv/Hostomel Airport has today been seized by Russian forces which invaded Ukraine this morning, with the six-engined giant being caught up in the assault on the airfield.

Reports on the leviathan's status have been circulating since invasion forces took control of the airport earlier today.

Antonov An-225
Photo: Flickr Commons/Olivier Cabaret

Antonov posted on Facebook: "Dear friends. Everything fell into place. Lugansk and Donetsk ended up near Kiev. Gostomel airport now under russian airborn forces. Large planes big possibility will land tonight. From the positive Mriya is whole. We hold on and Glory to Ukraine."

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