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Crashed Ukrainian cargo plane carried ammunition shipment for Bangladesh

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry officials visited on Sunday to inspect the site where a Ukrainian cargo plane crashed overnight in northern Greece en route from Serbia to Jordan and on to Bangladesh.

The emissaries will help local authorities and emergency services investigate the accident, ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko said on Facebook. No dangerous element has been detected by the Greek authorities, a Greek firefighter official said on Sunday afternoon. Two corpses have been found so far, he added. Eight crew members, all Ukrainians, were on board.

Greek public television ERT reported that the Antonov AN-12 cargo plane crashed on Saturday evening near Kavala. The flight was operated by Ukrainian cargo carrier Meridian.

On Sunday, Serbian Defense Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said the plane was carrying Serbian-made mortar munitions purchased by Bangladesh, The Associated Press reported.

Bangladesh confirmed that the contents of the shipment were “training mortar rounds procured from Serbia for the Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Border Guards under contract with the Procurement Branch of defense through a contractor”.

The shipment was insured and did not contain any weapons, Bangladesh said.

The Meridian AN-12BK, a Soviet-era four-engine turboprop, was en route from Nis, Serbia, to Amman when it turned back to land after crossing the Aegean Sea, the tracking site reported. flights.

Eyewitness accounts and video appear to show a fire before it hit the ground, the tracking site said.

–With help from Arun Devnath.

Photograph: site of the crash of an Antonov An-12 cargo plane in Greece, July 17, 2022. Photo credit: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

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