Ukrainian cargo plane crashes in Greece, 8 dead: it was full of explosives
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Ukrainian cargo plane crashes in Greece, 8 dead: it was full of explosives

A Ukrainian cargo plane crashed near the city of Kavala, Greece. The eight on board would not survive. The Antonov also transported 12 tons of toxic material that gave off poisonous fumes: two firefighters ended up in hospital.

Yellow in Greece, where last night a Ukrainian cargo plane crashed near the city of Kavala, in the north-east of the Hellenic Peninsula. The aircraft, an Antonov An-12, had eight people on board: none would have survived the crash, but confirmations are awaited.

According to local media, the Antonov was also carrying at least 12 tons of toxic material that gave off poisonous fumes, so residents in the area were told to keep their windows closed and not to turn on the air conditioning. According to some reports, on board the plane, which took off from Nis in Serbia and headed for Amman in Jordan, there were ammunition, so much so that according to some witnesses, several explosions were heard after the crash. This is also confirmed by a series of amateur videos circulated on the net.

The pilot had requested an emergency landing at Kavala airport due to an engine failure, but he never got there having crashed about 40 kilometers from the airport. Mobile phone images taken by residents showed the plane on fire even before the crash. A large deployment of firefighters, ambulances and police initially arrived at the crash site, but rescuers left shortly thereafter, ordering reporters and bystanders to leave immediately. A firefighter told state broadcaster ERT that they were waiting for special forces and that two colleagues had been taken to the hospital with breathing difficulties.