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Ukraine Cargo Plane Crashes in Greece 

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A view of the crash site of an Antonov An-12 cargo plane owned by a Ukrainian company, near Kavala, Greece, July 17, 2022.

A Ukrainian cargo plane carrying 11 tons of munitions from Serbia to Bangladesh has crashed in northern Greece. The munitions had been bought by the Bangladeshi Defense Ministry.

Officials say all eight Ukrainian crew members died when the aircraft crashed Saturday night near the city of Kavala.

The pilot asked Greek aviation authorities for permission for an emergency landing, but Greece lost contact with the plane soon after the request.

Initial reports of the crash said the plane’s destination was Jordan, but Reuters reports that the plane was headed to Jordan’s Queen Alia international airport only to refuel.

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

Witnesses said the plane was engulfed in flames before it crashed.

People who live near the crash site have been advised to stay home and to keep their doors and windows shut.

An official said firefighters “felt their lips burning.”

"We don't know what has been affecting us,” a fire brigade official told Reuters.

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