Ukrainian cargo plane crashed over Greece: residents heard explosions for hours

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Cargo aircraft operated by Ukrainian carrier According to officials, it crashed in Northern Greece.

Greek civil aviation authorities said residents of Kavala, Greece, heard loud explosions and saw a fireball in the sky after an Antonov cargo plane crashed on Saturday while en route from Serbia to Jordan.

Greek aviation authorities Shortly before the crash, they contacted the pilot, who reported a problem in one of the plane’s engines and requested an emergency landing.

Flames are seen at the crash site of a plane, a few miles from the city of Kavala, in northern Greece, on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

Flames are seen at the crash site of a plane, a few miles from the city of Kavala, in northern Greece, on Saturday, July 16, 2022.
(Ilias Kotsireas/InTime News via AP)

The authorities ordered the pilot to land at Thessaloniki or Kavala airports.

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Officials said the pilot chose Kavala because it was closer, but then lost contact.

The plane ultimately crashed about 25 miles west of the airport.

Firefighters are seen near the plane crash site, a few miles from the city of Kavala, in northern Greece, Saturday, July 16, 2022.

Firefighters are seen near the plane crash site, a few miles from the city of Kavala, in northern Greece, Saturday, July 16, 2022.
(Ilias Kotsireas/InTime News via AP)

The media disagreed on the number of passengers on the plane, which was carrying mostly explosives, but at least eight people were believed to have been on board at the time of the crash.

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“We heard explosions a few minutes ago,” Pagayo Mayor Philippos Anastassiades told The Associated Press. “I am about 300 meters from the crash site.”

Local authorities have warned residents to stay in their homes and close their windows after a strong and unusual smell was detected following the accident. The advisory came because the authorities did not immediately know whether the plane was carrying any chemicals or batteries.

Fire engines are seen near the plane crash site, a few miles from the city of Kavala, in northern Greece, on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

Fire engines are seen near the plane crash site, a few miles from the city of Kavala, in northern Greece, on Saturday, July 16, 2022.
(Ilias Kotsireas/InTime News via AP)

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Explosions from the crash site were heard for two hours after the crash.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.