The plane Il-76TD-90VD successfully performed the first landing on the ice airfield in Antarctica

09 November 2015
ОАО Ил Ilyushin Aviation Complex and GosNII GA united crew, commanded by the head pilot, Hero of Russia Mr. Kouimov N.D. and the head pilot, Hero of Russia Mr. Esayan R.T. successfully performed the first landing of the plane Il-76TD-90VD on the ice airfield belonging to station Novolazarevskaya in Antarctica. For the first time the plane type Il-76, equipped with engines PS-90A-76, landed on the ice.

Executed tests will allow to complete the Manuel on airplane flying operation, equipped with this type of engine, particularly in performing landing on snow-covered ice airfield.

Tests were done together with the airway «Volga-Dnepr» and GosNII GA.