A Russian runway was left enveloped with sheaths of gold bars after a plane lost its cargo during takeoff.
The plane quickly returned to the airport and the area was sealed off to avoid people prowling the scene, local media reported.
It's -21C in Yakutia, sunny, we expect showers of diamond, platinum and gold… Plane loses its $368 million cargo; gems and precious metals rain over Russia’s coldest region as police and secret services stage emergency search https://t.co/NsUeOWxZf5 pic.twitter.com/8OXd6Al9is
— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) March 15, 2018
Apparently, the gold is believed to have come from the nearby Kupol mine, a combination underground and open pit gold and silver mine in the Bilibinsky District of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug of Russia.