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Plane in Russia drops three tons of gold bars

Posted on Friday, 16 March, 2018 | Comment icon 11 comments

The incident was blamed on a faulty cargo hatch. Image Credit: PD - Swiss Banker
Bars worth up to $368 million rained down after the aircraft suffered damage during takeoff on Thursday.
The plane, which had been carrying gold and silver bars from a nearby mine, managed to lose up to a third of its 10-ton cargo when the left flap of the plane's cargo hatch tore off unexpectedly.

The precious metals ended up strewn all along the runway and across the surrounding area, leading to a rush of activity as members of the public attempted to track down and collect them.

The incident occurred at an airport in the port city of Yakutsk in eastern Siberia.

According to reports, the plane's crew managed to land safely and nobody was injured. Airport head Nikolai Mesnikov also later reported that all 172 bars had been retrieved and were accounted for.

An investigation in to the cause of the cargo hatch fault is now underway.

Source: ABC News | Comments (11)

Tags: Gold, Russia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by LV-426 on 15 March, 2018, 13:19
You'd think Vlad would have had a more secure way of moving some of his savings...
Comment icon #3 Posted by third_eye on 15 March, 2018, 13:30
That's small change to the Mighty Vlad, he keeps the good stuff in his panties ... ~
Comment icon #4 Posted by Still Waters on 16 March, 2018, 15:18
Comment icon #5 Posted by UFOwatcher on 17 March, 2018, 20:50
I'm always in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Comment icon #6 Posted by mysticwerewolf on 18 March, 2018, 7:24
I wonder how much of that was actually gold. one of those ingots looked like cast iron and the other was so covered in white stuff I couldn't tell. I somehow doubt that the Russian authorities would allow civilians to pick up the lost contents. and would the military be alloyed to take photos for the web? I wish someone would drop a few ingots of gold or a few hundred gold coins in my yard. Sigh
Comment icon #7 Posted by seanjo on 18 March, 2018, 9:49
The unluckiest person in the World prays for riches, has a ton of gold drop on their head.
Comment icon #8 Posted by seanjo on 18 March, 2018, 9:52
Platinum was also involved.
Comment icon #9 Posted by seanjo on 18 March, 2018, 9:55
No wonder it lost it's cargo the "wreckage and holed area look very corroded in places. There even seems to be a stuck on patch of composite or plastic.
Comment icon #10 Posted by mysticwerewolf on 18 March, 2018, 14:18
I thought platinum was silvery, not black or white. thanks for the update.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 19 March, 2018, 8:50
Guys, it's part of that alien space ship, that Vlad has been hiding from us ! ....aaand the tin foil hat goes off again...

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