More Than $300M in Gold Falls From Sky After Hatch Blows Open on Russian Cargo Plane
More than three tons of gold fell from a Russian cargo plane.
More than three tons of gold bars fell from the sky in Russia Thursday after the hatch of a cargo plane flew open, officials said.
The vessel was loaded with gold, platinum and diamonds and was taking off from the east Siberian city of Yakutsk when a door malfunctioned, causing more than $368 million of precious metal to plummet to the ground below, according to the Tass news agency.
The Antonov An-12 aircraft operated by Nimbus Airlines was taking off for Krasnoyarsk carrying 9.3 tons of gems and precious metals when a damaged door burst open, according to a government statement.
Authorities later recovered 172 gold bars weighing 3.4 tons, according to an Interior Ministry official.
Trending on Inside Edition
Brothers Left Suicide Note Calling 'Gun Control in the US' a 'Joke' Before Fatally Shooting Entire FamilyCrime
Discovery of Ancient Coins May Solve Mystery of Murderous 1600s PirateOffbeat
Kansas Man Visiting New York Says He Is 'Ready to Go Home' After Being Shot by Stray Bullet Near Times SquareCrime
10-Year-Old Migrant Boy Found Crying Alone Near Border Asks Officer for HelpNews
Big Rig Blocks Fleeing Vehicle in Dramatic End to 2-Hour Police Chase in Southern CaliforniaNews