“There were flames, we were scared. A lot of cars came, but they couldn’t approach because there were continuous explosions,” she said, according to the BBC. [firefly_poll] Stamatis Kourtesis of Antifilippi said he saw the airplane on fire as it crashed, according to The New York Times. “My throat was burning and, from the noise, I thought it was a helicopter at first,” he said. “Then we turned ’round and saw a light, it was the burning aircraft,” he said, adding that there had been a “mushroom of smoke.”
😬Fears over dangerous chemicals, explosive cargo after deadly plane crash in northern Greecehttps://t.co/tSlL9E7zna— Christine (@ChristineEliaz) July 17, 2022
The BBC said that due to concerns about toxic substances, drones were used to survey the site of the crash. Greek officials warned residents to stay indoors and keep their windows and doors shut. A fire brigade official said first responders “felt their lips burning” and said that white dust was floating around the wreckage, Reuters reported. Local official Philippos Anastasiades said that the substance was found not to be toxic. However, ABC noted that not all of the ordinance had been examined as of Sunday. Serbian Defense Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said all eight crew members aboard were killed. “These were illuminating mortar mines and training (mines). … This flight had all necessary permissions in accordance with international regulations,” Stefanovic said. Shortly before the crash, the pilot had alerted ground crews that there was an engine problem, according to NPR. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
#BREAKING: Reported scene of Ukranian cargo plane crash in Kavala, Greece. Reports that the Antonov An-12BK lost an engine before crashing.Unclear how many people were on-board and if the plane was carrying equipment. pic.twitter.com/NwaVslWzaC — Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) July 16, 2022