A strange accident of an ukrainian plane owned by an american company

Both the Greek govenrment and the opposition SYRIZA party have indicated that the plane was carrying Ukrainian arms. The Serb government insists the plane was carrying armaments to Bangladesh. In the Greek press there were a lot of rumors about the real destination and the real content of the plane. Among them the theory that the arms were destined to terrorist groups in the Middle East. If Ukrainian arms were going to such a destination, we would have a new IranKontra scandal. But it does not seem probable that we will ever learn what happened. The international mass media have shown a very low interest in this accident.
K.G. 

Ukrainian plane carrying dangerous material crashes in Greece

Jul 17, 2022

An Antonov cargo plane operated by an Ukrainian airline crashed Saturday near the city of Kavala in northern Greece, authorities said. Local residents reported seeing a fireball and hearing explosions for two hours after the crash.

Greek Civil Aviation authorities said the flight was heading from Serbia to Jordan. The An-12, a Soviet-built turboprop aircraft, was operated by cargo carrier Meridian.

Greek media reported there were eight people on the plane and that it was carrying 12 tons of “dangerous materials,” mostly explosives. But local officials said they had no specific information on the cargo and provided varying numbers of people on board.

As a precaution because of a strong smell emanating from the crash site, a coordinating committee made up of municipal, police and fire service officials told inhabitants of the two localities closest to the crash site to keep their windows shut all night, to not leave their homes and to wear masks. Authorities say they do not know if there were dangerous chemicals on the plane, including those contained in batteries.

Communication with the plane ceased almost immediately afterwards. The plane crashed about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the airport, according to Nellas.

“We were hearing explosions until a few minutes ago,” Filippos Anastassiadis, mayor of the municipality of Paggaio, told the Associated Press a little over an hour after the accident. “I am about 300 meters from the site of the crash.”

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One of Anastassiadis’ deputies told state broadcaster ERT that explosions were heard for two hours following the crash.

Locals reported seeing a fireball and a plume of smoke before the crash, AP reported.

ERT reported that army and explosive experts were en route to the site, located on farmland close to two villages that are part of the Paggaio municipality. But they are not expected to start working before dawn. Experts from Greece’s Atomic Energy Commission will join them.

The fire service has cordoned off the area at a radius of about 400 meters. The cordoned-off area will be expanded at dawn, fire service officials said.

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