Antonov An-12 aircraft crew of the separate transport mixed aviation regiment of the Central Military District (CMD) delivered the Soyuz MS-16 crewed spacecraft descent module from the Kazakh city of Zhezkazgan to Moscow.
The aircraft delivered the descent module with refueling and customs clearance at a military airfield in the Chelyabinsk region. In Moscow, the module will be handed over to Roscosmos and RSC Energia specialists.
About 200 specialists from the search and rescue group of the Central Military District, an aviation group were involved to ensure safe landing of the Soyuz MS-16 crew, including 12 Mil Mi-8MTV5-1 helicopters, two Antonov An-26 and two Antonov An-12 aircraft. The search and rescue team also had over 20 ground vehicles with six modernized search and recovery PEM-1 and PEM-2 Blue Bird vehicles.
The landing of the Soyuz MS-16 crewed spacecraft descent module took place on October 22, 2020, with an international crew of Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin, Ivan Vagner and NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy returning to Earth.