Ukrainian cargo airplane which crashed in Greece was carrying 11 TONS of mortar and land mines

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Troopers in hazmat fits looked for indicators of nuclear and chemical substances on the crash web site of a Ukrainian cargo airplane transporting practically a dozen tons of mortar shells and land mines.

The Antonov An-12 mild plane, which was transporting the weapons from Serbia to Bangladesh, had eight Ukrainian crew members onboard.

They have been all killed. 

An official at Kyiv cargo operator Meridian instructed Reuters: ‘After all they did not survive this.’

Eyewitnesses filmed the fireball crash within the early hours in the present day, with explosions persevering with for 2 hours and the charred wreckage burning till morning.

Drone pictures from the scene confirmed particles from the bulking plane strewn in fields. 

Serbia’s protection minister stated the airplane was carrying 11.5 tonnes of merchandise made by its protection trade and the customer was Bangladesh protection ministry. 

Greek authorities couldn’t present any extra info on the plane’s cargo.

Greek troopers in biochemical safety gear survey the crash web site, the place mortar shells and land mines reportedly exploded

The skeleton of the Ukrainian aircraft is pictured this afternoon near Kavala in northern Greece, which it crashed last night

The skeleton of the Ukrainian plane is pictured this afternoon close to Kavala in northern Greece, which it crashed final evening

The hazmat suit-wearing troops attended the scene this afternoon hours after the cargo plane fell, killing eight people

The hazmat suit-wearing troops attended the scene this afternoon hours after the cargo airplane fell, killing eight individuals

Smoking debris sits at the heart of the crash site, where authorities have created a 400m radius and closed nearby roads

Smoking particles sits on the coronary heart of the crash web site, the place authorities have created a 400m radius and closed close by roads

Drone images taken this afternoon show the long stretch where the plane fell outside Kavala, northern Greece earlier today

Drone pictures taken this afternoon present the lengthy stretch the place the airplane fell exterior Kavala, northern Greece earlier in the present day

Photos taken this morning show the charred debris still aflame hours after the plane crashed

Pictures taken this morning present the charred particles nonetheless aflame hours after the airplane crashed

Soldiers and biochemical weapons experts were pictured arriving at the scene this lunchtime to explore the crash site

Troopers and biochemical weapons specialists have been pictured arriving on the scene this lunchtime to discover the crash web site

Images from today show hunks of metal scattered around the field, with crew members' conditions still unknown. Ukrainian media has reportedly suggested all eight were killed

Photographs from in the present day present hunks of steel scattered across the discipline, with crew members’ situations nonetheless unknown. Ukrainian media has reportedly instructed all eight have been killed

Serbian defence minister Nebojsa Stefanovic added that the plane's cargo was owned by Serbian company Valir, a trade company registered to perform foreign trade activities

Serbian defence minister Nebojsa Stefanovic added that the airplane’s cargo was owned by Serbian firm Valir, a commerce firm registered to carry out international commerce actions

A special army unit arrived at the site to search for nuclear, biological and chemical substances

A particular military unit arrived on the web site to seek for nuclear, organic and chemical substances

Police officers monitor the closed roads surrounding the crash site, which has reportedly emitted white dust into the air

Cops monitor the closed roads surrounding the crash web site, which has reportedly emitted white mud into the air

A particular military unit arrived on the web site to seek for nuclear, organic and chemical substances at 1pm native time (10am GMT).

A lead firefighter instructed reporters that his crew ‘felt their lips burning’ on the web site, with white mud floating within the air.

‘We do not know what has been affecting us,’ hearth brigade coordinator Marios Apostolidis stated.

Serbian defence minister Nebojsa Stefanovic added that the airplane’s cargo was owned by Serbian firm Valir, a commerce firm registered to carry out international commerce actions of armament navy tools and different protection merchandise.

State TV ERT stated that the sign of the plane was misplaced quickly after the pilot requested an emergency touchdown from Greek aviation authorities because of an engine downside. 

Beginner video footage confirmed the plane in flames descending quick earlier than hitting the bottom in what seemed to be an explosion.

State TV ERT said that the signal of the aircraft was lost soon after the pilot requested an emergency landing from Greek aviation authorities

State TV ERT stated that the sign of the plane was misplaced quickly after the pilot requested an emergency touchdown from Greek aviation authorities

Drone footage shows the flaming body of the plane after the crash in Kavala, north Greece

Drone footage reveals the flaming physique of the airplane after the crash in Kavala, north Greece

A Ukrainian cargo aircraft which had eight people on board was already on fire before it crashed last night near the city of Kavala in northern Greece , footage shows. Pictured: Flames and smoke are seen at the area where an Ukraine Antonov cargo aircraft has crashed in the Paleiochori area, west of Kavala

A Ukrainian cargo plane which had eight individuals on board was already on hearth earlier than it crashed final evening close to town of Kavala in northern Greece , footage reveals. Pictured: Flames and smoke are seen on the space the place an Ukraine Antonov cargo plane has crashed within the Paleiochori space, west of Kavala

The Antonov An-12, owned by Meridian, exploded in a burst of flames while it was flying from Serbia to Jordan with 'dangerous materials' believed to be explosives onboard. Pictured: Ambulances are seen at the area where an Ukraine Antonov cargo aircraft has crashed in the Paleiochori area, west of Kavala, north Greece last night

The Antonov An-12, owned by Meridian, exploded in a burst of flames whereas it was flying from Serbia to Jordan with ‘harmful supplies’ believed to be explosives onboard. Pictured: Ambulances are seen on the space the place an Ukraine Antonov cargo plane has crashed within the Paleiochori space, west of Kavala, north Greece final evening

A senior supply at Jordan’s civil aviation regulatory fee (CARC) denied earlier stories that the airplane was headed to Jordan. 

The supply stated that its flight itinerary included a stopover in Jordan’s Queen Alia worldwide airport at 9:30 pm to refuel, state information company Petra reported on Sunday.

The broader space in Greece the place the plane crashed has been cordoned off since Saturday evening. 

Residents close by have been suggested to maintain home windows and doorways shut and keep away from the realm of the incident.

The hearth service has cordoned off the realm at a radius of about 400m.

The mayor of the municipality of Paggaio, to which the 2 villages near the crash belong, closed close by roads.

Eye-witnesses stated the Antonov An-12 was on hearth and that they’d heard explosions, Athens Information Company reported. 

A neighborhood man, from the mountainous area, Giorgos Archontopoulos, instructed state broadcaster ERT tv he had felt one thing was incorrect as quickly as he heard the plane’s engine.

‘At 10.45pm I used to be stunned by the sound of the engine of the plane,’ he stated. ‘I went exterior and noticed the engine on hearth.’

Locals, who reported seeing a fireball and a plume of smoke, and Greek media suppose the airplane was carrying explosives. 

Ambulances are seen this morning at the area where an Ukraine Antonov cargo aircraft has crashed in the Paleiochori area, west of Kavala

Ambulances are seen this morning on the space the place an Ukraine Antonov cargo plane has crashed within the Paleiochori space, west of Kavala

Pictured: Firefighters are seen near the site of a plane crash

Pictured: Firefighters are seen close to the positioning of a airplane crash

State broadcaster ERT reported that military explosive specialists have been en path to the positioning, positioned on farmland shut to 2 villages which might be a part of the Paggaio municipality.

It additionally stated villagers are saying it was already in flames earlier than it crashed and ERT has been instructed its cargo ‘was harmful’. 

Police have been asking journalists on the scene to put on masks, the report added.

‘You want to go away on your security. There may be an info that the plane was carrying ammunition’, one firefighter instructed reporters on the scene.

 Filippos Anastasiadis, mayor of the close by city of Paggaio, instructed Open TV: ‘The plane crashed round two kilometres (one mile) away from an inhabited space.’

He additionally instructed AP: ‘We have been listening to explosions till a couple of minutes in the past. I am about 300 meters from the positioning of the crash.’

A complete of 15 firefighters and 7 engines have been deployed to place out the blaze that broke out after the crash with extra rescuers on their approach.

Firefighting vehicles are seen near the site of a plane crash, a few miles away from the city of Kavala, in northern Greece on Saturday

Firefighting autos are seen close to the positioning of a airplane crash, just a few miles away from town of Kavala, in northern Greece on Saturday 

Flames are seen at the site of a plane crash, a few miles away from the city of Kavala, in northern Greece yesterday

Flames are seen on the web site of a airplane crash, just a few miles away from town of Kavala, in northern Greece yesterday 

A night view taken yesterday of the site of a plane crash, a few miles away from the city of Kavala

An evening view taken yesterday of the positioning of a airplane crash, just a few miles away from town of Kavala 

It was not clear what the plane’s cargo was however the particular catastrophe response unit was additionally investigating the scene.

‘We’re treating the cargo as harmful materials,’ stated a hearth brigade official.

The hearth service has cordoned off the realm and has been discovering it troublesome to strategy the scene. 

The pilot managed to alert authorities about an issue in one of many airplane’s engines and he was given the selection of touchdown in both the Thessaloniki or Kavala airports. 

He opted for Kavala, which was nearer, however the airplane crashed about 25 miles west of the airport, Greece’s Civil Aviation authority stated.



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