A Russian plane carrying almost 10 tons of precious metals lost its cargo earlier this week in some sort of midair mechanical glitch. The AN-12 cargo plane was flying from Yakutsk to Krasnoyarsk when it lost most of its load, emptying it into the snowy Siberian abyss.
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
According to the Siberian Times, the company transporting the gold, silver, and other high-value materials claimed they had recovered every last bar. A spokesman for the company simply said, “All the cargo has been picked up, there are no losses.” But let’s not forget this is Russia, so there’s a 99% chance that this guy could be lying.
And a bunch of Siberians can confirm the company was lying because they’re now posting videos of themselves unearthing treasure beneath the snow.
It seems like a majority of the materials recovered are Dore, which is a valuable gold and silver alloy. So, the people living in the coldest region of Russia now have their own little gold rush.
The odds that some Russian hitmen show up at this village and raid everybody’s house for Dore are pretty high, but hey it makes a great story in the meantime.
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