Tons Of Gold Fall From The Sky In Russia After Planes Hatch Breaks off
Gold gems worth millions fall in Yakutia region of Russia
Tons of gold bars worth millions of dollars fell "like rain" from the sky in the Russian region of Yakutia after a planes hatch broke mid take off.
Yakutia, which is known for its rich natural resources and diamond deposits, saw local media reporting citing many witnesses to the eye-catching spectacle.
Following the incident, many photos went viral on social media revealing what seemed to be gold bars wrapped in material spread across the runway at Yakutsk Airport, one of Russia biggest diamond-producing regions.
The precious metal fell from the Nimbus Airlines An-12 plane when its cargo hatch broke away as the plane took off according to Russia’s Investigative Committee
RT reports: The plane was carrying more than 9 tons of “concentrate containing precious metal” that belonged to the Mining and Geological Company in the neighboring Chukotka region, the committee said, without naming the metals. The ill-fated hatch fell on the local auto market, causing no injuries.
Yakutsk Airport insists that the plane was operational and was ready for the flight. After leaving its cargo on the runway, the plane made a successful landing at the nearby Magan Airport.
The media report, citing witnesses, that the glittering metal bars seen in the photos are indeed gold, platinum and gems. TASS cited officials from the Interior Ministry as saying that some 172 gold bars weighing about 3.4 tons were recovered. According to the Mash Telegram channel, the whole cargo is worth the hefty sum of 21.6 billion rubles (US$380 million).
As soon as the photos emerged on social media, people started making “tongue-in-cheek” comments about the interesting trove on the airport’s runway. “Is there anyone from Yakutsk? Let’s rush to the airport! There is gold!” one person wrote under hashtag #Yakutskgold. Despite freezing temperatures in Yakutsk – meteorologists predict -33C (-27F) on Thursday night – people are ready to try their luck. “Siri, find tickets for the next flight from Moscow to Yakutsk,” one man wrote.
“I wish I were in Yakutsk,” one person wrote wistfully, while another joked that Yakutia is such a rich region that “gold just pours from the sky.” Indeed the Russian Far Eastern region is well-known across the globe for its gold mines, as well as its jewelry and cut diamond production.