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All 8-Member Crew Killed In Ukrainian Cargo Airplane Crash In Greece – IHNS


Eyewitnesses said on Saturday they observed the airplane on fireside and heard explosions.

Kavala, Greece:

All eight crew members of a cargo plane that crashed near the Greek metropolis of Kavala died inside the accident, Serbia’s defence minister said on Sunday.

The Ukrainian-operated Antonov An-12 was carrying spherical 11 tonnes of weapons, along with mines, to Bangladesh when it crashed on Saturday night, minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said.

Films shared by eyewitnesses on social media confirmed the plane engulfed by an infinite fireball as a result of it hit the underside.

“Sadly, according to the information we now have obtained, the eight members of the crew died inside the crash,” Stefanovic suggested a info conference.

Denys Bohdanovytch, fundamental director of Meridian, the Ukrainian cargo airline working the plane, suggested German broadcaster Deutsche Welle the crew have been all Ukrainian. He gave no particulars concerning the cargo.

The plane had taken off from Nis airport in Serbia at spherical 8:40 pm (1840 GMT) on Saturday, carrying weapons owned by personal Serbian agency Valir, Stefanovic said.

Greek media said it had requested clearance to make an emergency landing at Kavala airport nonetheless had not managed to reach it.

Greek rescue firms have been using a drone on Sunday to look at the wreckage of the airplane as fears in regards to the toxicity of the cargo have been forcing them to keep up at a distance.

Villagers have been forbidden to enter the fields near the crash until the authorities would possibly take away the wreckage and unexploded ammunition.

The Ukrainian consul in Thessaloniki, Vadim Sabluk, visited the world on Sunday.

Athens Info Firm said he had given the authorities the identities of the eight crew and confirmed the plane had been flying to Bangladesh.

Serbia’s defence minister said the weapons cargo had been agreed with the Bangladeshi defence ministry “in accordance with worldwide tips”.

“Sadly some media have speculated that that the plane was carrying weapons destined for Ukraine nonetheless that’s totally untrue,” he said.

Toxic fumes 

State-run TV said the army, explosives specialists and Greek Atomic Energy Price staff would methodology the crash site as quickly because it was deemed protected.

“Males from the fireplace service with explicit instruments and measuring gadgets approached the aim of affect of the airplane and had an in depth check out the fuselage and completely different parts scattered inside the fields,” fireside brigade official Marios Apostolidis suggested reporters.

Search teams would go in when it was protected, he added.

A 13-strong explicit employees from the fireplace brigade, 26 firemen and seven fireside engines have been deployed to the world nonetheless couldn’t however methodology the crash site, native officers said.

Video footage from a neighborhood channel confirmed indicators of affect in a topic and the airplane in gadgets scattered over a big house.

Eyewitnesses said on Saturday they observed the airplane on fireside and heard explosions.

People dwelling inside a two-kilometre (1.2-mile) radius of the crash site have been requested to stay inside and placed on face masks on Saturday night.

Two firemen have been taken to hospital early on Sunday with respiration difficulties on account of toxic fumes.

An space man, Giorgos Archontopoulos, suggested state broadcaster ERT television he sensed one factor was flawed as shortly as he heard the airplane’s engine.

“At 10:45 pm I was shocked by the sound of the engine of the airplane,” he said. “I went outdoor and observed the engine on fireside.”

Athens Info Firm said an investigation could possibly be launched into the explanation for the accident.

(Other than the headline, this story has not been edited by IHNS staff and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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