Antonov Head Charged With Negligence In Loss Of An-225


Ukraine authorities have charged the former head of Antonov with “official negligence” for failing to get the An-225 out of the country before Russian troops invaded the airport where it was located in March of 2022. According to, the Ukraine Security Service (SBU) allege Serhii Bychkov was supposed to order the plane flown to Leipzig, Germany, if it was in danger but didn’t do it. The cargo plane, the world’s largest and considered a national treasure in Ukraine, was destroyed when Russian troops overtook its home base of Gostomel Airport.

“According to the investigation, on the eve of the full-scale invasion, the An-225 was in proper technical condition, which allowed it to fly outside Ukraine,” the SBU said in a statement. “Instead, the general director of the company did not give appropriate instruction regarding the evacuation of Mriya abroad. Such criminal actions of the official led to the destruction of the Ukrainian transport plane.”

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. James 4:1 What causes conflicts and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from the passions at war within you? 2 You crave what you do not have; you kill and covet, but are unable to obtain it. You quarrel and fight. (p.s. You blow up perfectly good airplanes for nothing.)

    • Thank you for bringing clarity to our motives. The loss of this aircraft, though, is not as great as the loss of one life. Airplanes are inanimate objects without a soul, while human life is precious. It’s still rather unfortunate to lose such a fine aircraft.