Cargo plane crashes in northern Greece

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Des witnesses saw the plane on fire and heard explosions, according to Athens News.

A cargo plane crashed Saturday evening near the locality of Paleochori Kavalas, in northern Greece, firefighters said.

Witnesses saw the plane on fire and heard explosions, the news agency reported Athens News.

At 10:45 p.m. I was startled by the sound of an airplane engine. I got out and saw a plane on fire, Giorgos Archontopoulos told public television ERT.

According to local Greek authorities, about fifteen firefighters with seven fire engines Firefighters were heading to the scene of the accident, but were unable to approach the aircraft, which was still shaken by explosions.

Ambulances at the crash site of an Antonov An-12 cargo plane belonging to a Ukrainian company, near Kavala, in Greece

According to press reports, the plane was flying from Serbia to Jordan. The crew had just requested emergency landing clearance at Greece's Kavala airport but failed to complete the maneuver in time.

Public television ERT claimed it was a Ukrainian Antonov and was in flames before crashing, according to local residents witnesses to the scene.

No official information on the number of people on board was available. However, still according to ERT, the freighter was carrying eight people and was dangerous. Police have asked reporters near the crash site to put on masks.

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