Russian Antanov 124 cargo aircraft
© Sergey KustovA Russian Antanov 124 cargo aircraft pictured in 2010
A giant "unidentified Russian" aeroplane was spotted flying over Yorkshire this morning.

According to the flight tracker website Flightradar24, the A124 Anatanov flew over Yorkshire from the Humber Estuary to the Pennines between approximately 8am and 9am today (Sunday). The plane is recorded as taking off from Leipzig Halle Airport, in the east of Germany at around 6am GMT.

The aircraft - the second-largest model in the world - then flew over the rest of Germany, the Netherlands, the North Sea and over Yorkshire. It passed over Pontefract, Wakefield, Heckmondwike, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden before crossing the Pennines into Lancashire and onwards across the Atlantic.

If you missed it don't fret; it was flying at around 8,500m at approximately 425 knots. It was recorded flying over New Brunswick, Canada, not far from the US border at around 2.40pm GMT.

According to the German website, three Antanov 124 cargo planes belonging to the Russian Volga-Dnepr Group have been at Leipzig Halle Airport "for some time due to maintenance work". Because of the flight ban the EU has imposed on Russia - after Russia invaded Ukraine in February - the Antanovs cannot take off.

What the Antanov was doing flying from Leipzig Halle Airport towards the US, we're not sure. We may be able to find out later.