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An-124 flies to Ponta Delgada to save Delta's stranded Boeing 757

Ponta Delgada, Portugal - An Antonov An-124 that belongs to heavy cargo operator Volga-Dnepr was sent to Ponta Delgada to transport required parts to repair the seriously damaged Boeing 757 of Delta Air Lines.

On Aug. 19, a Boeing 757-200 from Delta Air Lines made a rough landing at Ponta Delgada Airport in the Azores. The fuselage of the aircraft was wrinkled during the incident. In addition to the fuselage, the landing gear was also damaged.

Delta's 757 has been stranded in Ponta Delgada since then.

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Wrinkled fuselage of the Delta's Boeing 757

The airline rented an Antonov An-124 from the Russian freighter operator Volga-Dnepr to bring the required parts to fix the damaged sections of the aircraft.

The aircraft arrived in the island on Aug. 27. This is the first time the Portuguese airport welcomed an Antonov An-124.

Its arrival attracted many spotters and curious people who wanted to witness the arrival of the huge cargo plane in the island.

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After the repairment operation that will be conducted by Delta Engineering teams, the Boeing 757 will fly back to the Atlanta International Airport where it is deployed.

Photos ©AntónioSousa