Tons of gold fall from the sky as Russian cargo plane malfunctions on take-off

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More than 170 gold bars fell from the sky after a plane’s hatch flew open – with police unsure if it was accidental or criminal.

By James Pepper, News Reporter

Tons of gold have fallen out of the sky in Russia after a cargo plane malfunctioned in mid-air.

The aircraft was carrying £265m worth of platinum, gold and diamonds when the hatch flew open – sending the precious metals plummeting back to earth.

According to the TASS news agency, Russian authorities have recovered more than 170 gold bars weighing 20kg each.
Gold fell out of a cargo plane onto the runway of a Russian airport

The plane was travelling from Yakutsk Airport – a major diamond-producing region – to Krasnoyarsk.

However, the Nimbus Airlines AN-12 cargo aircraft made an emergency landing in Magan after it began haemorrhaging valuables.

Reports suggest some bars of gold were scattered up to 15 miles away from the airport.

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