Ukraine Crisis: Canadian Authorities Seize Antonov AN-124 in Toronto

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LONDON – In a recent turn of events, Canadian authorities have seized the Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124 cargo aircraft at Toronto Pearson Airport, which was carrying scheduled order of Covid-19 test kits for the Government of Canada.

This seizure has come in force as part of the western sanctions imposed on the Russian operators and companies amid the Russia Ukraine war which has entered in 14th day.

As most of the European, Canadian, and United States airspace have started barring all the Russian operators, the AN-124 seizures will affect substantially the Antonov AN-124 operator Volga-Dnepr Group, the cargo giant based in Ulyanovsk, Russia.

Ironically, at the time of its seizure at Toronto Pearson International Airport, the aircraft was carrying the cargo haul of Covid-19 tests kits ordered by the Government of Canada. As per the press release, the AN-124 landed at Toronto (YYZ) in the early morning at 7 AM (local) on 27th February 2022 from China.

The aircraft was registered under Russian demarcations RA-82078 took off from an undisclosed location in China making its way to Toronto with brief halts for refueling at Khabarovsk in Russia and Anchorage in the USA.

This is a developing story.

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