A Cargo plane, possibly carrying weapons, crashed in Greece.
A cargo plane with eight people on board crashed near the city of Kavala in northern Greece late on Saturday, the fire brigade and state TV said.
State TV ERT reported that the aircraft was an Antonov An-12 owned by a Ukrainian company, which was flying from Serbia to Jordan. The pilot had requested an emergency landing due to an engine problem but the aircraft’s signal went off radar after the distress call was sent.
Video footage uploaded on ertnews.gr showed the aircraft in flames descending fast before hitting the ground in what appeared to be an explosion. The fire brigade could not confirm the type of aircraft but said there were initial reports that eight people were on board.
The video below (From ERT in audio in Greek) shows the crash:
The disaster response unit said in a statement they deployed 15 firefighters and seven engines to put out the blaze that broke out after the crash. More rescuers were on their way.
It was not clear what the aircraft’s cargo was but the special disaster response unit was also investigating the scene.
“We are treating the cargo as dangerous material,” said a fire brigade official.
For more on this story, please consider these sources:
- Cargo plane crashes near Greece’s northern city of Kavala Reuters.com
- Cargo plane operated by Ukraine carrier crashes in Greece Yahoo News
- Jordan-bound cargo plane operated by Ukrainian airline crashes in Greece NBC News
- Aircraft carrying ‘dangerous’ cargo crashes in northern Greece The Guardian
- Cargo Plane Crashes in Greece on Flight to Jordan, State TV Says Bloomberg