A Ukrainian An-225 "Mriya" aircraft has transported a cargo weighing a total of 182 tons (an electric turbine engine weighing 155 tons housed in a special structure weighing 27 tons) from Sao Paulo to Santiago. This is the second heaviest single-item cargo ever transported by a plane and the record for South America, La Tercera reports.
The Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) company produced the electric turbine engine in Brazil for the power company Colbún (Chile). The turbine has a length of 8 meters, a height of 4.5 meters, and a width of 3.5 meters. The entire structure had a length of 16 meters and a width of 4.3 meters.
This was the first visit to Chile by an An-225 aircraft, the La Tercera newspaper wrote.
The An-225 aircraft set the record for transportation of a single-item cargo (187.6 tons) in 2009, when it transported a generator weighing 174 tons housed in a special structure weighing 13.6 tons from Frankfurt to Yerevan. The heaviest cargo transported by the An-225 aircraft weighed 247 tons in 2004, but it was not a single-item cargo. It consisted of several pieces of construction equipment.