Crew members killed in Ukraine cargo plane crash in northern Greece

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Cargo plane that crashed close to the Greek metropolis of Kavala (Reuters)

ATHENS: A Ukrainian cargo aircraft carrying munitions from Serbia to Bangladesh crashed in the vicinity of the city of Kavala in northern Greece late on Saturday, killing the crew customers on board, Serbian authorities and Meridian airline mentioned on Sunday.
Drone photos from the scene confirmed smouldering debris from the Antonov An-12 plane strewn in fields. Greek authorities stated there ended up eight crew associates on board and a Ukrainian overseas ministry spokesman claimed they were all Ukrainian citizens.
Ukrainian-based mostly airline Meridian, which operated the plane, claimed all the crew associates ended up killed in the crash.
Serbia’s defence minister explained the plane was carrying 11.5 tonnes of products, like mortar and coaching shells, created by its defence marketplace. The customer of the cargo was the defence ministry of Bangladesh, he said.
Denys Bogdanovych, Meridian’s normal director, confirmed Serbia’s account of functions. “This is not relevant to Ukraine or Russia,” Bogdanovych instructed Reuters by telephone.
Witnesses reported the aircraft came down in a ball of flames right before exploding on affect in corn fields close to midnight community time. Previously the pilot experienced documented motor difficulties and had asked for an emergency landing.
Greek authorities could not provide info on the aircraft’s cargo or the crew. The particular disaster reaction unit and army experts were being dispatched to the scene, when community authorities issued a ban on folks shifting in the space.
Serbia’s defence minister Nebojsa Stefanovic stated the cargo involved illuminating mortar shells and coaching shells. It had taken off at 1840 GMT Saturday from Nis in Serbia.
“The aircraft carried 11.5 tonnes of products and solutions made by our defence field. The consumer was the Bangladesh defence ministry,” Stefanovic reported.
He claimed the plane’s cargo was owned by Serbian organization Valir, a corporation registered to complete international trade things to do of armament army tools and other defence solutions.
Greek point out Tv set ERT claimed the aircraft’s sign was shed soon just after the pilot requested an unexpected emergency landing from Greek aviation authorities because of to an engine problem.
Amateur video clip footage uploaded on ertnews.gr confirmed the plane in flames descending fast just before hitting the floor in what appeared to be an explosion.
“I wonder how it didn’t slide on our houses,” 1 witness, Aimilia Tsaptanova, instructed reporters. “It was complete of smoke, it had a sound I cannot describe and went about the mountain. It passed the mountain and turned and crashed into the fields.”
A senior resource at Jordan’s civil aviation regulatory commission denied initial experiences that the plane was headed to Jordan. The source said that its flight itinerary provided a stopover in Jordan’s Queen Alia worldwide airport at 9:30 pm (0630 GMT), to refuel, point out news company Petra described on Sunday.
It was also due to end in Riyadh and Ahmedabad in India right before heading to Dhaka, Serbia’s defence minister said.

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