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The 11-tonne weapons-laden plane was flying from Serbia via Jordan to Bangladesh when it crashed in the northern Greek city of Kavala on Saturday night.
Greek authorities have asked people living two kilometers from the site to stay in their homes.
8 people who were traveling in the plane died. in the crash, officials said.
State television said the military, munitions experts and personnel from the Greek Atomic Energy Commission would not approach the area until it was deemed safe.
Sunday morning emergency service as a precaution Drones were used for inspection The zone Where was the remains of the plane?
“The current (wind) measurements do not show anything but instability in the area,” Marios Apostolidis, lieutenant general of the Northern Greece Fire Brigade, told a group of journalists.
In other words, there is smoke and intense heat A white object we don’t know aboutSo a special team of armed forces should tell us what it is and whether we can enter the base.”
The pilot would have requested a Emergency landing Shortly after takeoff at Kavala Airport, the aircraft developed engine trouble and was unable to reach the runway.
Residents of the city of Kavala saw the plane at around 10:45pm local time (7:45pm GMT).
In a series of photos published by Greek media, it appears The plane was already on fire when it came down.
Amelia Saptanova, who watched the plane go down, said she was surprised it didn’t crash into nearby houses.
“It was covered in smoke, it made a noise I can’t describe, and it went over the top of the hill. Then it turned around and hit the field,” he explained.
“There were flames and we were scared. A lot of cars came, but they couldn’t get close because there were constant explosions.”
Local officials said seven fire engines were deployed but were unable to get close to the accident site at first. A series of explosions.
Serbian Defense Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said the Antonov AN-12 aircraft carried nearly 11 tons of Serbian weapons, including minesto Bangladesh.
He was scheduled to make stops in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and India before reaching his final destination, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
The flight was operated by Ukrainian cargo airline Meridian.
No signs yet The crash had nothing to do with the war in Ukraine.
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