Plane scatters treasure trove worth a fortune

AN aeroplane, taking off in Siberia, lost much of its mind-blowing £265m cargo of diamonds, platinum and gold.

It happened when its loose hatch door in the hold fell off, near a car market in the region’s capital.

Precious metals and diamonds rained over the runway and an area of Yakutia, which is Russia’s coldest region.

The plane, bound for Krasnoyarsk, then made an emergency landing at Magan, after staff discovered it had been leaking valuables.

“The Nimbus Airlines AN-12 cargo plane hit problems during take-off and the treasures fell out of the hold, all over the runway,” reported The Siberian Times. “The plane then dropped some bars of gold as far as 15 miles from the airport.”

Police sealed off the runway and a vast search was soon underway.

Secret Service operatives, only, were allowed to take part, and it was unclear whether there had been an accident, or a deliberate attempt at a heist.

Technical engineers at the airport, who prepared it for take-off, were detained and interrogated, but the cargo plane was said to have experienced problems during take-off.

The cargo was owned by Chukota Mining and Geological company, and some 75% of shares belong to Canadian Kinross Gold.

Yakutsk is capital of Yakutia, or the Sasha Republic, which, as well as being the country’s coldest area, is also Russia’s diamond-producing region.


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