Ukrainian Cargo Plane Crashes in Greece, Killing Seven on Board

A Ukrainian cargo plane reportedly carrying munitions from Serbia to Bangladesh crashed near the city of Kavala in northern Greece late Saturday night, killing eight crew members on board.

Greek Civil Aviation authorities said the flight was heading from Serbia to Jordan when the plane went down in Paleochori village.

Serbia Defense Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic confirmed that Antonov An-12 was carrying around 11 tons of weapons as well as mines to Bangladesh.

“All the eight crew members died in the incident,” Stefanovic added.

The Greek Atomic Energy Commission said that drones were being used to survey the site of the wreckage out of an abundance of caution.

Lieutenant General Marios Apostolidis, of the Northern Greece Fire Brigade, told reporters that intense smoke and heat caused disruption in their work and are waiting for the armed forces team to inform them when to enter the field.

The Greek officials cordoned off the area as the toxicity of cargo on the aircraft is not known yet.  

The residents of Paleochori village reported seeing a fireball and hearing explosions for over two hours after the crash.


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