Gold spills on runway after plane gate opens midway

by International | 16-03-2018 | 363 views

A cargo plane carrying precious metals accidentally flew open upon take-off- scatteing at least 3 tons of gold on the runway. An investigation is underway after the incident Thursday at the airport in the far-east city of Yakutsk.

An An-12 plane operated by the airline Nimbus took off for Krasnoyarsk carrying 9.3 tons of gold and other precious metals, according to a statement from the state Investigative Committee quoted by Tass. Damage to a door handle caused it to fly open and spill some of the metal.

Authorities recovered 172 gold bars weighing 3.4 tons, Tass quoted Interior Ministry officials as saying.

No one was hurt in the incident. Images circulating on social media showed gold bars scattered across a runway.

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