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Russian Plane Spills 3 Tons of Gold on Runway After Hatch Glitch

The Russian cargo plane caused its own "gold rush" after 3 tons of gold scattered out of its hatch

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    Gold Spills From Plane on Russian Runway

    A cargo plane's hatch accidentally flew open after it took off from Russia, scattering more than 6,000 pounds of gold on the runway and among snow drifts. Local media say the value of the gold, platinum and diamonds stowed on the plane was worth $368 million. (Published Friday, March 16, 2018)

    Russian news reports say the hatch of a cargo plane carrying precious metals accidentally flew open upon takeoff — scattering at least 3 tons of gold on the runway.

    An investigation is underway after the incident Thursday at the airport in the far east city of Yakutsk, according to the Tass news agency.

    An An-12 plane operated by the airline Nimbus took off for Krasnoyarsk carrying 9.3 tons of gold and other precious metals, according to a statement from the state Investigative Committee quoted by Tass. Damage to a door handle caused it to fly open and spill some of the metal. 

    The plane also had platinum and diamonds, according to the Siberian Times, which reported the total value of the precious metals at $368 million. 

    Authorities recovered 172 gold bars weighing 3.4 tons, Tass quoted Interior Ministry officials as saying. 

    No one was hurt in the incident. Images circulating on social media showed gold bars scattered across a runway.