The availability of necessary medical equipment for health care workers across the country has been a topic of conversation since the beginning of the crisis surrounding COVID-19. As a response to such, a shipment of protective equipment arrived at Mirabel Airport on Friday, May 1. And, it ended up arriving during the evening on the world's largest aircraft.
The aircraft in question, the Antonov AN-225, has been travelling since 1988 and there only exists one of its kind.
It was made to deliver heavy material around the world since its beginning, and that's what it continues to do today.
When it arrived at the Mirabel Airport, it was full of items from China, including medical gowns, reports La Presse.
Since its presence on Quebec soil is rather rare, many people gathered near the airport runways to watch its landing.
Some photos and videos of the landing are currently circulating on the internet — each more impressive than the next.
Check below to see some of the amazing footage of this rare site that was captured on Friday, May 1.
Needless to say, such an event didn't go unnoticed.
Le plus gros avion au monde, un Antonov 225, construit en un seul exemplaire en 1988, a atterri à Mirabel . Il tran… https://t.co/D3On30ol00— René Saint-Louis (@René Saint-Louis)1588386090.0
Translation: "The largest aircraft in the world, an Antonov 225, built-in 1988 in a single copy, landed at Mirabel. It carries medical equipment to fight #COVID #covid19qc #Mtl #polqc"
The giant airplane landed on the ground at 8:22 p.m., according to La Presse.
Arrivée de l’#Antonov225 à Mirabel... ce soir 20:20 https://t.co/WYmQOi5Ymj— Caro V 💉 (@Caro V 💉)1588383550.0
Translation: "Arrival of #Antonov225 at Mirabel... tonight 8:20 p.m."
Some people even pulled over to the side of the highway to get to witness this event.
L'avion géant, Antonov 225, transportant du matériel d'urgence pour le réseau de la santé du Québec est arrivé à… https://t.co/injqI3jNGx— Jean-François Lépine (@Jean-François Lépine)1588397001.0
Translation: "The giant plane, Antonov 225, carrying emergency equipment for the Quebec health network arrived in #Mirabel tonight filled with protective gowns. An exceptional logistical success. Thank you, among others, to the Quebec employees in China."
The aircraft was originally scheduled to arrive in the country on Thursday, April 30, but its departure from China was delayed.
Before making its journey to Quebec, the plane stopped in Anchorage, Alaska.
L’Antonov 225 est arrivé à Mirabel à 20 h 22. Un seul transport de l’Antonov équivaut à 2 1/2 voyages d’un avion 7… https://t.co/Ik223D3uBy— Senécal Alain (@Senécal Alain)1588381981.0
Translation: "The Antonov 225 arrived at Mirabel at 8:22 p.m. A single Antonov transport is the equivalent of 2 1/2 trips of a 747 cargo plane! 285 tons, 6 engines (850 km/h), 32 wheels, 88 m wingspan, 84 m long and 18 m high making it the largest plane in the world!#Antonov225"
Parking lots near the tracks seemed to be crowded with people, who were watching the plane's landing.
Vive le Québec libre ! #Antonov #Mirabel https://t.co/UB84Hi5ZEz— Phil from Montreal (@Phil from Montreal)1588386375.0
Translation: "Long live a free Quebec! #Antonov #Mirabel"
On Friday, May 1, Dr. Horacio Arruda announced that he wants to drastically increase the number of screening tests that are done daily in Quebec.
These measures would provide a better overview of the progression of the pandemic in the province.
Since the beginning of the crisis, more than 220,000 tests have been carried out in the province.
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.