A military transport plane with eight people on board crashed in the northeastern Greek port city of Kavala on Saturday (16).
Meridian Air Cargo’s AN-12 plane crashed 36 km from Kavala Airport, minutes after the pilot requested an emergency landing. According to Greece’s news agency EPT News, there were no casualties on the ground.
Greek civil aviation officials could not confirm how many people were on board or what the plane’s cargo was.
The An-12 crashed shortly after the pilot requested an emergency landing. – Photo: Background/Twitter
The flight took off from Nis, Serbia to Amman, the capital of Jordan. It is not known what he was carrying, but the explosions raised suspicions among residents that the plane may have contained explosives.
A representative of the fire department also told Reuters that they believed there were “hazardous materials” on board.
A fire brigade team was dispatched to douse the fire caused by the accident.
“Until now we were hearing explosions,” Bagaio City Mayor Philippos Anastasiades told the Associated Press news agency.
Fire is spreading at the scene of the accident. – Photo: Lascaris Tsotsas/Eurokinissi via REUTERS
Ambulances are seen at the scene of the accident. – Photo: Lascaris Tsotsas/Eurokinissi via REUTERS
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