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Name An-72
Manufacturer ANTONOV
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position High wing
Tail T-tail
WTC Medium
Type code L2J
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Over wing mounted
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 4

Manufacturered as:

ANTONOV An-74-100
ANTONOV An-74-200




Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) utility and polar transporter. In service since 1985. Tactical transport development for Soviet Air Force as replacement for the An-26. Variants are in use as commercial freighters. Versions developed:

  • An-72 base model,
  • An-72S VIP transport and
  • An-72P maritime patrol aircraft.
  • An-74 with enlarged nose radome,
  • An-74T freighter,
  • An-74TK convertible passenger/freighter model and
  • An-74P VIP transport.

Technical Data

Wing span 31.9 m104.659 ft <br />
Length 28.1 m92.192 ft <br />
Height 8.7 m28.543 ft <br />
Powerplant 2 x 63.74 kN ZMKB Progress D-36 turbofans.
Engine model Lotarev D-36

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 323 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance 1170 m ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance 1800 m
MTOW 3050030,500 kg <br />30.5 tonnes <br /> kg Ceiling FL360 ROD ft/min APC B
WTC M Range 23202,320 nm <br />4,296,640 m <br />4,296.64 km <br />14,096,587.937 ft <br /> NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving AN72

  • AN72, Sao Tome, Sao Tome & Principe, 2017 (On 29 July 2017, an Antonov AN-74 crew sighted several previously unseen large “eagles” rising from the long grass next to the runway as they accelerated for takeoff at Sao Tome and, concerned about the risk of ingestion, made a high speed rejected takeoff but were unable to stop on the runway and entered a deep ravine just beyond it which destroyed the aircraft. The Investigation found that the reject had been unnecessarily delayed until above V1, that the crew forgot to deploy the spoilers which would have significantly increased the stopping distance and that relevant crew training was inadequate.)