An Il-76 without an impressive history is nearly impossible to find. This Il-76TD was delivered to the Soviet Air Force as CCCP-76659 in late 1985, transferred to Atruvera as RA-76659 in 1994 and flew subsequently with Aviacon Zitotrans, Sukhoi and again for Atruvera up to 2000. Then it became ER-IBL with Airline Transp Inc and Juba Air Cargo up to late 2004. After that, it was seen like this, all white but in service with Tenir Air up to early 2007 when it was transferred to Eastern Express Georgia as 4L-GLP. Since late 2011 is it reported as stored at Osh (Kyrgystan) as 3X-GGO.
This UN-76020 was badly damaged after an engine explosion at Kandahar on 14 February 2008. The aircraft was so damaged that it was broken-up at location. All parts that could be recycled were dismantled and transported back to Kazakhstan. The company Air Continental Airlines ceased to exist as it had its airline licence revoked on 18 October 2010.
Only small blue titles on the nose section reveal that this IL-76 is flying for Abakan Air. The company performs, according to their website, national and international commercial charter freight flights and other services, including challenging projects and makes unique logistic decisions. The latter for sure, flying this Candid in war-torn areas.
This arrived at Kandahar to bring personnel and equipment to dismantle UN-76020 of Air Continental that had an engine explosion on 14 February 2008 at Kandahar. That 020 was so badly damaged that it was broken-up at location. All parts that could be recycled were dismantled and transported back to Kazakhstan in 021. Air Continental Airlines had its airline licence revoked on 18 October 2010.