World’s largest Antonov An-2T biplane crashes in Austria (Photo & Videos)

World's largest Antonov An-2T biplane crashes in Austria (Photo & Videos)

The An-2 biplane suffered a landing gear collapse on landing at Gmunden Airfield, Austria. The aircraft sustained damage to the left-hand gear and left-hand lower wing.

Videos of the accident show the aircraft touching down just short of the elevated runway, causing the gear to collapse. The aircraft the swung off the runway.

 

Developed by the Soviet Union after World War II, the An-2 is said to be the largest single-engine biplane in the world with a wingspan of more than 18 meters (59 feet). It was produced up until 2001, and is still used for small sight-seeing flights.

The Guiness Book of World Records listed this for some time as the longest-ever production time for a single type of aircraft before it was beaten by the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, which was first produced in 1954 and is still being made today.

The plane is considered to still be safe to fly.

According to Austrian daily Kronen Zeitung, firefighters arrived shortly after the incident to pump the 1,500 liters of gasoline from the damaged plane. All four people on board were unhurt.

The plane will not be presented in an upcoming airshow as had been planned.

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