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.