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Siberian gold rush ensues after $368 million in bars tumble from plane

Temperatures near negative 24 degrees celsius in Yakutia, the coldest region in Russia, are not putting off would-be treasure hunters who literally saw gold fall from the sky on Thursday.

A nine-ton treasure of gold and silver alloy called doré bars fell from the back of an AN-12 cargo plane flying from Yakutsk to Krasnoyarsk in an area largely at and around the airport, the Siberian Times reported. The cargo was reportedly not secured properly and pressed on the hatch, which gave way.

The company that owns the bars has announced a full recovery, according to the paper, although the whereabouts of diamonds and platinum originally reported as part of the cargo remains unclear.

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