UPDATE – Antonov Cargo Plane Crashes in Northern Greece – Reports

ATHENS (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – July 17, 2022) An Antonov-type cargo plane operated by a Ukrainian air carrier has crashed in northern Greece, Greek media report.

The plane was flying from Serbia to Jordan, there were no passengers on board, the ERT television channel said on Saturday evening, adding that there were eight crew members on board the plane.

Later that day, the Serbian Ministry of Defense confirmed these figures, adding that all crew members died in the crash. The destination point of the flight, however, was Bangladesh, the ministry noted.

“The plane that crashed overnight in Greece, an An-12, was carrying 11.5 tons of our defense industry products for Bangladesh. All eight crew members unfortunately died,” he said. said Serbian Defense Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic on Sunday morning.

According to the minister, the plane took off from the Serbian city of Nis at 8:40 p.m. (6:40 p.m. GMT) on Saturday and had on board products from the Serbian military equipment company Valir.

The plane’s pilot reported engine failure and was cleared for an emergency landing at Kavala airport, but the plane went off radar ten nautical miles west of Kavala, officials said. media.

The Antonov plane was eventually found near the village of Palaiochori in the municipality of Paggaio.

The Hellenic Fire Service’s (EMAK) Special Disaster Management Unit said in a statement that the plane crashed between Antifilippi and Palaiochori on Saturday evening and more than a dozen firefighters and seven vehicles were working at to extinguish the fire.

According to Greek media, the plane caught fire while still in flight and a power outage was reported in the area, likely because the plane had damaged power lines.

Witnesses told ERT the plane crashed into a cornfield and burst into flames after a series of explosions.