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Gold bars at Solar Capital Gold Zrt. in Budapest, Hungary, on March 10, 2016.
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 can be underway after the incident Thursday at the airport inside 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 as well as different precious metals, according to a statement coming from the state Investigative Committee quoted by Tass. Damage to a door handle caused in which to fly open as well as spill some of the metal.
Authorities recovered 172 gold bars weighing 3.4 tons, Tass quoted Inside Ministry officials as saying.
No one was hurt inside incident. Images circulating on social media showed gold bars scattered across a runway.