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Gold spilling on Russian runway after plane door flies open during take-off

An investigation is underway after the incident Thursday at the airport in the far east city of Yakutsk, according to the news agency Tass.

(Siberian Times)

Russian news reports say that the hatch of a cargo plane with precious metal accidentally flew open on takeoff — scattering for at least 3 metric tons of gold on the track.

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Russian news reports say that the hatch of a cargo plane with precious metal accidentally flew open on takeoff.

(Siberian Times)

An investigation is underway after the incident Thursday at the airport in the far east city of Yakutsk, according to the news agency Tass.

A An-12 aircraft operated by the airline Nimbus departed to Krasnoyarsk contribute 9.3 tons of gold and other precious metals, according to a statement from the state commission of inquiry, quoted by Tass. Damage to a door caused it to fly open and spill a part of the metal.

Authorities recovered 172 gold bars, with a weight of 3.4 tons, Tass quoted the Ministry of Internal affairs, the officials said.

(Siberian Times)

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Authorities recovered 172 gold bars, with a weight of 3.4 tons, Tass quoted the Ministry of Internal affairs, the officials said.

No one was injured in the incident. Images circulating on social media showed the gold bars scattered all over a runway.

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