It was literally raining gold and silver at an airport in Siberia

Lynette PayneMar 17, 2018

At today's prices, a 20 kg pure gold bar would be worth about $8.5 million.

The plane landed at an airfield about seven-miles from where it took off.

A "gold rush" started among residents in eastern Siberia after dozens of gold bars fell out of a cargo plane as it was taking off, according to Russian media.

According to The Moscow Times, citing local media, the incident took place on Thursday, when an AN-12 airplane belonging to Nimbus Airlines blew off a hatch of the cargo-bay door.

A Russian plane lost its precious cargo on takeoff on Thursday (local time), leaving the runway scattered with nearly AUD$470 million worth of goods. The estimates of the spillage around the runway have still not been ascertained.

Details are a little scare but the plane reportedly had some problems during takeoff causing the treasures to fall out of the hold all over the runway.

The head of the airport, Nikolai Mesnikov, told ABC News that the cargo consisted of bars of doré - an alloy of gold and silver - that weighed about 44 pounds each. Security officials have sealed off the runway.

The plane had been en route to the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, which is about 5½ hours away.

Stanislav Borodyuk, a Russian spokesman for the Canadian mining company Kinross Gold, which operates the Kupol mine, told the Interfax news agency that the fallen cargo had been recovered in full.

Yakutsk is capital of Yakutia or the Sasha Republic, Russia's diamond producing region.

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