Experts comb cargo plane crash site in northern Greece, eight Ukrainian crew confirmed dead

Baku, July 18, AZERTAC

Experts investigating the site of a cargo plane crash in northern Greece that killed eight people say they have found no evidence of dangerous substances but there is still a lot of widespread ordnance, according to ABC news.

The An-12 cargo plane was being flown from Serbia by a Ukrainian aviation crew when it crashed into fields between two Greek villages late on Saturday.

Its fuselage dragged on the ground for 170 metres before it disintegrated. Locals reported seeing a fireball and hearing explosions for two hours after the crash.

Serbian Defence Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic told a news conference on Sunday that all eight crew members of the flight had died in the crash.

He also said the plane was carrying 11.5 tonnes of Serbian-made mortar ammunition to Bangladesh, which was the buyer. It had taken off from the Serbian city of Nis and had been due to make a stopover in Amman, Jordan.

The plane was operated by Ukrainian cargo carrier Meridian. The Ukrainian consul in Thessaloniki, who arrived at the crash site, told local officials that the crew were all Ukrainian.

The Greek Army's Special Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Unit cleared two paths on Sunday for fire service forensics experts to move in before leaving.

The new team was on the site on Sunday afternoon collecting body parts. They have retrieved one body and have found another, a fire service spokesman told reporters.

A drone that flew over the site earlier on Sunday identified four more bodies, but the forensics experts have not found them yet. Two more bodies remain undiscovered.

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