World's largest plane touches down in Shannon for a pit-stop
Published 13/04/2015 | 02:30
Thousands of people descended on Shannon Airport to catch a glimpse of the world's largest aircraft, the Antonov 225.
The giant plane, which was built to carry the then-Soviet Union's space shuttle between launch sites, touched down for a transit stop shortly before 3am, having left the US.
It has a wing span wider than the pitch in Croke Park.
Despite the early hour, hundreds of plane spotters gathered to witness it coming into land.
By yesterday evening, their numbers had swelled to several thousand.
"There were literally thousands of people here to see the aircraft," said an airport spokesperson.
The Antonov requires a runway of between 3,000m and 3,500m to take off - making Shannon the only airport in Ireland capable of hosting it.