The fire department in northern Greece reported that a freight plane crashed late on Saturday near Paleochori Kavala.

According to the Athens news agency, eyewitnesses said the plane was on fire and they heard explosions.

Local officials said 15 firefighters and seven fire engines were dispatched to the incident site but were unable to approach due to the explosions. Locals said they saw a blaze and a cloud of smoke.

The mayor of Paggaio, Filippos Anastassiadis, told the Associated Press that he was “about 300 meters from the site of the crash” and that “we were hearing explosions until a few minutes ago.”

The freight plane, according to media accounts, was an Antonov An-12 owned by a Ukrainian corporation and going from Serbia to Jordan.

The pilot requested an emergency landing at neighboring Kavala airport due to an engine malfunction, but could not make it.

People interviewed by state-run broadcaster ERT television said the plane was already in flames when it crashed.

According to ERT, the jet was carrying eight people and its cargo was “dangerous” and police were requesting journalists on the site to wear masks.

Source: The Guardian

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