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Russian Il-76 airlifter makes first Arctic landing on seasonal snow-covered airfield

May 01, 2015, 11:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The plane brought over 80 people and some 3 tons of various cargoes designed for construction and development of infrastructure on the Franz Josef Land Archipelago
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An island in the Franz Josef Land Archipelago

An island in the Franz Josef Land Archipelago

© Semyon Maisterman/Fotokhronika TASS

MOSCOW, April 30. /TASS/. The crew of the Russian military-transport aviation’s Ilyushin Il-76 (NATO reporting name: Candid) multi-purpose strategic airlifter has for the first time landed at a temporary seasonal snow-covered airfield on Alexandra Land Island in the Franz Josef Land Archipelago in the Arctic, the Russian Defense Ministry reported Thursday.

"The plane brought over 80 people and some 3 tons of various cargoes designed for construction and development of infrastructure on the archipelago," the ministry said in a statement.

The flight was carried out in adverse weather conditions, the statement said. The engineering and technical staff is currently preparing the aircraft for a return flight.

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