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3 tons of gold-silver bars fall from the sky in Russia

  • By BEN GITTLESON
  • DRAGANA JOVANOVIC
Mar 15, 2018, 2:14 PM ET
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PHOTO: A plane carrying tons of precious gold-silver bars littered a runway in Russia and the surrounding area with its cargo, March 15, 2018, after part of the plane ripped off during takeoff, according to Russian media and a local official.Obtained by ABC News
A plane carrying tons of precious gold-silver bars littered a runway in Russia and the surrounding area with its cargo, March 15, 2018, after part of the plane ripped off during takeoff, according to Russian media and a local official.more +

A plane carrying $368 million of precious cargo littered a runway in Russia and the surrounding area with over 3 tons of gold-silver bars on Thursday after part of the plane ripped off during takeoff, according to Russian media and airport officials.

The plane spilled about a third of its 10-ton load onto the runway and on a nearby car market when it took off at an airport in the city of Yakutsk, an airport official told ABC News.

 

PHOTO: A plane carrying tons of precious gold-silver bars littered a runway in Russia and the surrounding area with its cargo, March 15, 2018, after part of the plane ripped off during takeoff, according to Russian media and a local official.Obtained by ABC News
A plane carrying tons of precious gold-silver bars littered a runway in Russia and the surrounding area with its cargo, March 15, 2018, after part of the plane ripped off during takeoff, according to Russian media and a local official.more +

 

The head of the airport, Nikolai Mesnikov, told ABC News that the cargo consisted of bars of doré -- an alloy of gold and silver -- that weighed about 44 pounds each.

Images showed the bars strewn across the airport’s runway, and YakutiaMedia.ru reportedthat nearby residents scoured the surrounding area for bars. The plane's crew decided to land at a nearby airport. There were no reported injuries.

 

PHOTO: A plane carrying tons of precious gold-silver bars littered a runway in Russia and the surrounding area with its cargo, March 15, 2018, after part of the plane ripped off during takeoff, according to Russian media and a local official.Obtained by ABC News
A plane carrying tons of precious gold-silver bars littered a runway in Russia and the surrounding area with its cargo, March 15, 2018, after part of the plane ripped off during takeoff, according to Russian media and a local official.more +

 

Mesnikov said Thursday that authorities had recovered 172 bars or about 7,584 pounds worth.

The Siberian Times reported that the cargo came from a mine largely owned by Canadian mining firm Kinross Gold. The company said that all of the bars had been recovered, local media reported; Kinross Gold did not respond to requests for comment by ABC News.

The airport said in a statement that a flap of the plane’s cargo hatch was torn off during takeoff and that the cause was under investigation.

 

PHOTO: A plane carrying tons of precious gold-silver bars littered a runway in Russia and the surrounding area with its cargo, March 15, 2018, after part of the plane ripped off during takeoff, according to Russian media and a local official.Obtained by ABC News
A plane carrying tons of precious gold-silver bars littered a runway in Russia and the surrounding area with its cargo, March 15, 2018, after part of the plane ripped off during takeoff, according to Russian media and a local official.more +

 

Yakutsk is located in a mining area for gold and diamonds. The area is one of the poorest places in Russia.

 

PHOTO: A plane carrying tons of precious gold-silver bars littered a runway in Russia and the surrounding area with its cargo, March 15, 2018, after part of the plane ripped off during takeoff, according to Russian media and a local official.Obtained by ABC News
A plane carrying tons of precious gold-silver bars littered a runway in Russia and the surrounding area with its cargo, March 15, 2018, after part of the plane ripped off during takeoff, according to Russian media and a local official.more +

 

The company said that all of the bars have been recovered, according to local media.

 
 
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I hope the reporter got a piece of the gold-silver bars so that he can buy a better camera to take better pictures in the future :P

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