THESSALONIKI, Greece — An Antonov cargo aircraft operated by a Ukraine-based air provider crashed Saturday close to town of Kavala in northern Greece, authorities stated.
Greek Civil Aviation authorities say the flight was heading from Serbia to Jordan, however haven’t been in a position to affirm how many individuals had been on board or what the aircraft’s cargo was. It was operated by Meridian, a cargo provider.
The pilot managed to alert authorities about an issue in one of many aircraft’s engines and he was given the selection of touchdown in both the Thessaloniki or Kavala airports. He opted for Kavala, which was nearer, however the aircraft crashed about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the airport, Greece’s Civil Aviation authority stated.
“We had been listening to explosions till a couple of minutes in the past,” Filippos Anastassiadis, mayor of the municipality of Paggaio, instructed the Related Press. “I’m about 300 meters from the location of the crash.”
Locals reported seeing a fireball. The explosions have sparked hypothesis amongst locals and a few Greek media the aircraft was carrying explosives.
The crash web site is on farmland shut to 2 villages which are a part of the Paggaio municipality.
The fireplace service has cordoned off the world.