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Huge cargo plane touches down in Billings

Posted at 12:05 PM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 14:05:54-05

BILLINGS –  Keep an eye on the skies over Billings and you may catch a glimpse of the largest cargo plane in the world.

On Monday, crews loaded manufactured Bridger Steel, which is known around Billings for its high-end construction,  into the massive Russian plane that will take the steel to help in the recovery efforts after the recent typhoon in Saipan.

The first of three flights landed in Billings on Saturday.

Mick McCarthy with Billings airport operations said there are still two more flights coming to Billings so you still have a chance to see one of these “big boys” land or take off.

McCarthy said he’s had a lot of questions from the public about the massive plane and why it’s landing in Billings.

“I mean, it’s something that you don’t see very often. People have called here from other states and seen it on flight plans wanting to know why it’s here. So there’s a bunch of materials going to build shelters, some cable for structure recertification, some computers, hygiene, and material,” he said.

McCarthy says he’s seen this same caliber of the plane come to Billings one other time about eight years ago also helping to haul relief aid overseas.

Andrea Lutz reporting for MTN News