Ukrainian Plane with "Dangerous Cargo" Crashed near Kavala Greece
An An-12 plane of a Ukrainian airline carrying "dangerous" cargo crashed shortly before 11 p.m. last night in northern Greece near the town of Paleochori, about 40 km from Kavala.
#BREAKING | Ukrainian plane Antonov 12 crashed in Greece. pic.twitter.com/d5ikrGEvrs
— REALIST (@realistqx1) July 16, 2022
Greek media publish photos from the crash site of the #Ukrainian An-12 The plane crashed near the town of Kavala in a field after the pilot reported an engine problem. According to preliminary data, there were ammunition on board that detonated after the disaster. pic.twitter.com/9RN0MrP9RK
— HizBie (@hizbie_) July 17, 2022
Greek media quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the plane's engine was on fire, there were probably 8 people on board (Serbian media reported only three crew members) and about 11 tons of "hazardous materials", mostly explosives.
Local authorities said seven fire trucks were sent to the crash site but could not get close because of the ongoing explosions. One of the mayor's deputies told ERT that explosions were heard two hours after the crash.
Firefighters have cordoned off a perimeter about 300 m from the crash site and are waiting for the morning to inspect the area with drones and for army sappers to enter, according to Kathimerini.
Police asked journalists at the scene to wear masks, ERT television said, and local residents were advised to temporarily stay indoors, close windows and turn off air conditioners.
The regional mayor, Philippos Anastasiadis, said the evacuation of the village of Antiphilippi, with about 1,200 residents, may be required.
Greek civil aviation authorities said the flight was from Serbia to...