Russian Plane Loses Almost Nine Tonnes of Gold Amid Incident in Yakutsk


According to reports, the Russian aircraft lost much of its precious cargo - diamonds, bars of gold and platinum - when a damaged door flew open and scattered the contents all over the runway and areas close by.

Incredibly a plane carrying $368m in gems and precious metals has lost a lot of its cargo after a hatch opened and the plane was forced to land.

The Russian plane taking-off from Yakutsk airport in Siberia rained down tonnes of gold-silver alloy after its loading hatch broke off.

No one was hurt in the incident.

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The plane was carrying more than 9 tons of "concentrate containing precious metal" that belonged to the Mining and Geological Company in the neighboring Chukotka region, the committee said, without naming the metals. After leaving its cargo on the runway, the plane made a successful landing at the nearby Magan Airport.

Yakutsk is capital of Yakutia or the Sasha Republic, Russia's diamond producing region.

Technical engineers at the Yakutsk airport who prepared the plane for takeoff have been detained.

Issues began at takeoff, when the plane's door immediately fell off, showering the runway with gold, platinum, and diamonds. According to the Mash Telegram channel, the total cargo is worth the hefty sum of 21.6 billion rubles (US$380 million). TASS reported that there was a minor gold rush among the locals, but apparently, all of the gold was safely recovered.