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More than three tons of gold bars fell from the sky in Russia Thursday after the hatch of a cargo plane flew open, officials said.
The vessel was loaded with gold, platinum and diamonds and was taking off from the east Siberian city of Yakutsk when a door malfunctioned, causing more than $368 million of precious metal to plummet to the ground below, according to the Tass news agency.
The Antonov An-12 aircraft operated by Nimbus Airlines was taking off for Krasnoyarsk carrying 9.3 tons of gems and precious metals when a damaged door burst open, according to a government statement.
Authorities later recovered 172 gold bars weighing 3.4 tons, according to an Interior Ministry official.