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An Antonov 12 similar to the one in the incident (Photo: Sefjo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Aircraft Departure Leads to Gold and Silver Rain in Russia

Last week, a Russian airplane lost over three metric tons of gold bars during take-off from the airport of Yakutsk in Siberia. The precious cargo inside the Nimbus Airlines Antonov AN-12 had shifted during taxiing and damaged the freight door. When the plane accelerated for takeoff, the door opened and gold-plated silver bars started to fall onto the runway. The precious metals continued to fall out as the aircraft gained in altitude. Gold bars were found as far as 26…