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Plane loses its $368 million cargo of gold, platinum and diamonds on takeoff

By The Siberian Times reporter
15 March 2018

Gems and precious metals rain over Russia’s coldest region as police and secret services stage emergency search.

Police sealed off the runway and a vast search is underway

The plane with ten tons of gold, platinum and diamonds lost part of its cargo after taking off from Yakutsk airport today. 

More rained down as the aircraft gained height. 

The Nimbus Airlines AN-12 cargo plane hit problems during takeoff; the treasures fell out of the hold all over the runway. 

The plane then dropped some bars of gold as far as 26 kilometres from the airport. 

The crew decided to land at the nearby airport of Magan, some 26 kilometres north-west of Yakutsk. 

Police sealed off the runway and a vast search is underway. 

Plane loses its $368 million cargo of gold, platinum and diamonds on takeoff


Plane loses its $368 million cargo of gold, platinum and diamonds on takeoff


Plane loses its $368 million cargo of gold, platinum and diamonds on takeoff

Plane loses its $368 million cargo of gold, platinum and diamonds on takeoff

The plane was en route to Krasnoyarsk and further to Kupol (Dome) mine.

The cargo was reported to be owned by Chukota Mining and Geological company; 75 per cent of the private company is owner by Canadian Kinross Gold. 

Technical engineers at the Yakutsk airport who prepared the plane for takeoff have been detained. 

The value of the load was put at 21 billion roubles. 

Yakutsk is capital of Yakutia or the Sasha Republic, Russia’s diamond producing region. 


Plane loses its $368 million cargo of gold, platinum and diamonds on takeoff

plane loses precious cargo of gold, platinum and diamonds

Plane loses its $368 million cargo of gold, platinum and diamonds on takeoff


Plane loses its $368 million cargo of gold, platinum and diamonds on takeoff

Plane loses its $368 million cargo of gold, platinum and diamonds on takeoff

Comments (31)

Why was antonov an-225 not used???????!!!!!!! Idiots!!!
Al, USA
18/03/2018 02:53
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Probably should've used an Il-76 since its Russia
Jethro, USA
17/03/2018 17:43
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Se fosse aqui no Brasil
Joao Paulo, Brasil
17/03/2018 11:59
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in response to Faye, the dirt is what you typically see on airframes in this region, as most runways are gravel. When show starts melting in spring, it produces a dirt mass. Photos in the article were taken after landing. You can see a typical Russian dirt runway takeoff at here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLnfoeY77LI
Vitaly, Bratsk, Russia
17/03/2018 11:51
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The technicians that set up the plane set the timer too early.
nagayuk, hooper bay/usa
17/03/2018 05:50
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My mother always said, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”
Jen Douglas , Earth
17/03/2018 05:21
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What a waste of energy. If there was a world-wide recognized currency like Bitcoin could have transferred the entire kit and caboodle in minutes. We are still so primitive playing with objects.
T, US
17/03/2018 03:20
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Having worked in the Aviation wing of the Navy, I can tell from the photos that this aircraft is seriously lacking in maintenance work. I've never seen such cracking and smoot. They literally never washed that thing. If they had washed it they would have seen there was a problem. Idiots.
faye, usa
17/03/2018 01:15
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Shame it didn't fall over the UK ;)
Dave, UK
16/03/2018 22:43
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Daa it's a shot of vodka and off the the firing squad for that crew
Sean , Staunton va
16/03/2018 20:31
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That's the most exciting story of the day! Reality always goes beyond fiction.
Leonard, Belgium
16/03/2018 20:00
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天降奇财!
姚剑申, 巨鹿/中国
16/03/2018 19:48
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It reminds me of the movie 'Point Break', the scene where two guys steal a block of cash from a plane and let it loose mid-air. Even the airplane looks similar.
Jose Serrati, Taipei, Taiwan
16/03/2018 16:05
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I can't imagine being responsible for the loss of that amount of money. Agree with the abject stupidity of transferring such a some of of monie(s) on a plane that looks like it should have been mothballed yrs. ago. If it belonged to the govt. (Moscow) I would head for the high hills gulags still in place or not. And, no, it's not finders keepers. I don't know any govt. saying oops! we lost it, whomever finds it can keep it. The people who "lost" it may have butter fingers, but I can state for a fact neither they not the owners of the monies are not in a humorous way!
Dan, Port Huron
16/03/2018 12:40
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Would you believe it? All that gold to airlift & they use a ramshackle dilapidated plane. Anyway, who ever finds the gold can keep it for as the saying goes "Finders keepers - losers weepers.
Jaker, Dundalk
16/03/2018 11:30
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