Experts investigated a cargo plane crash in northern Greece on Sunday and found no evidence of dangerous substances, but said that many of the weapons carried by the plane were spreading around the crash site. The Serbian defense minister confirmed that all eight crew members had died in the crash.
An-12 cargo plane from Serbia was being flown by a Ukrainian air crew before crashing into the field between two Greek villages late Saturday. The plane crashed just before 11:00 pm, about 40 km (25 miles) west of Kabbalah International Airport.
A few minutes ago, the pilot told the air traffic controller that there was a problem with one engine and he had to make an emergency landing, officials said. He was directed to Kavala Airport, but he never got there.
The fuselage of a four-engine turboprop aircraft from the Soviet era dragged 170 meters (about 190 yards) on the ground before it collapsed. Locals reported seeing a fireball and hearing the explosion two hours after the crash. The drone footage showed that the plane was left with only small debris.
Serbian defense minister Neboisha Stefanovich said at a press conference on Sunday that eight crew members of the plane had died. He said the plane was carrying 11.5 tonnes of Serbian mortar ammunition to the purchaser Bangladesh. I was planning to take off from the Serbian city of Nis and make a stopover in Amman, Jordan.
“These were illuminating the mortar mines and training (mines) …. This flight had all the necessary permits in accordance with international regulations,” said Stephanovich.
The plane was operated by the Ukrainian freight carrier Meridian. The Ukrainian Consul of Thessaloniki, who arrived at the crash site, told local officials that the crew were all Ukrainian.
The Greek Army’s Special Joint Nuclear Biochemical Defense Unit cleared two routes for travel before departure for fire forensic experts on Sunday. By sunset, the second team had recovered all the bodies, the commander of the Army’s mine field clearing battalion told reporters.
Explosives disposal specialists also worked in the field. Civil Aviation Bureau experts will only try to retrieve the plane’s black box when their work is done.
Fire departments and police have created extended security boundaries for a wide range of weapons. Vehicles are closed on the nearby dirt road. Firefighters who rushed to the scene on Saturday night were prevented from reaching the crash site by the smoke and the strong odor they were afraid of, which could be toxic.
Residents were allowed to leave the house on Sunday after being told to stay in the house on Saturday night and keep the windows closed. However, officials have told locals that working in their fields may not be safe due to the possible presence of explosives.
Kantouris was reported from Palaiochori, Greece, Nellas was reported from Athens, Greece, and Gec was reported from Belgrade, Serbia.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1189282/all-crew-bodies-at-plane-crash-site-now-retrieved/ All crew members at the plane crash site were recovered