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Greece. A transport plane crashed in the north of the country. Witnesses recorded the moment of the catastrophe

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A resident of the Greek village of Paleochori showed a video showing the crash of a Ukrainian plane that exploded near his residence. The plane with the Ukrainian crew was carrying over 11 tons of missiles manufactured in Serbia and destined to reach Bangladesh. The entire crew was killed.

The Antonov An-12 transport plane with eight people on board crashed Saturday night near the Greek city of Kavala. According to local authorities, seven fire engines arrived at the crash site, but they could not get close to the plane, which was shaken by the subsequent explosions.

The machine flew from the Serbian city of Nis to the Jordanian capital, Amman. The Antonov crew was supposed to report technical problems and ask for permission to make an emergency landing at the Kavala airport, but they did not manage to make any maneuver. People living within two kilometers were asked to stay at home and put on protective masks. The cause was a dangerous and potentially toxic cargo.

Serbia’s defense minister said that the transport company Antonov with a Ukrainian crew was carrying 11.5 tons of Serbia-produced missiles, which were purchased by the Bangladesh Defense Ministry.

– I wonder how it happened that (the plane) did not fall on our houses. It flew from there, was smoking all over, making sounds that I cannot describe. He passed the mountain, turned, and crashed into the field. A fire broke out, we were afraid. Lots of cars came, but no one was able to come close, because there was still another explosion – reported Aimilia Tsaptanova, a witness of the incident and an inhabitant of Kavala.

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“Where is he going?”

The falling plane, and then a huge fireball, were also seen by the inhabitants of the village of Paleochori, near Kavala. One of the residents, Paris Tasioudis, was in his apartment on the terrace at the time. Together with his friends, he saw the machine falling, and he managed to record the whole event.

“Where is he going?” – you hear on the recording, “It will fall on houses! It falls, oh oh!” another resident says, before the plane hit the ground.

Antonov crashed in Greece. Witnesses recorded the moment of the catastropheReuters / Paris Tasioudis

The head of the Ukrainian airline Meridian confirmed that all eight crew members were killed as a result of the crash.

The site of the Antonov crash ACHILLEAS CHIRAS / PAP / EPA

Plane crash in GreecePAP / EPA / TSOYTSAS LASKARIS

Main photo source: Reuters / Paris Tasioudis

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