Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the Ukrainian aviation industry has been largely affected, either by bombing Antonov’s production plants and airports, or by closing airspace, given the risks of the planes involved in the confrontation.
Curiously, and so far without an official explanation, the Antonov An-124 “Ruslan” model planes from Antonov Airlines, an airline belonging to the homonymous aircraft manufacturer, began to appear on radar platforms in an “uncharacterized” manner.
The image below, taken from flight tracking platform FlightRadar24 , illustrates how some of Antonov Airlines’ An-124s are showing up on radar.
Several flights performed in Europe with these aircraft have appeared only with the indication A124, but without flight details, such as origin and destination or even the identification of the aircraft (flight number, registration or brand). This morning, for example, one such aircraft was seen taking off from Rzesow, Poland, heading west, but without indicating the destination airport.
Despite the lack of identification, the planes continue with the ADS-B mode on, making it possible to see when and where they take off and land, but it is no longer possible to identify the flight history of the “uncharacterized” aircraft.