On a peaceful Saturday night in northern Greece, a plane caught fire and crashed, scattering debris in a nearby field.

Residents living near the crash site captured the moment the Ukrainian-based aircraft, Antonov-12, plummeted to the ground on July 16 near the city of Kavala, Greece. All eight crew members lost their lives.

An-12 is a Soviet-built turboprop aircraft owned and operated by cargo carrier Meridian LTD from Ukraine with a call sign MEM 3032.

The cargo plane was transporting munitions and explosive materials from Serbia to Bangladesh as part of an arms sale, Serbian Defense Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic told reporters on Sunday.

“Sadly, according to the information we have received, the eight crew members died in the crash,” Stefanovic disclosed.

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The cargo plane was carrying around 11 tonnes of weapons and mines to Bangladesh when it crashed on Saturday night, said Serbia’s defense minister. (Source: @AFP/Twitter)

Stefanovic also revealed that the cargo plane “took off from Nis airport in southern Serbia at around 8:40 PM (18:40 GMT) on Saturday, carrying an estimated 11 tonnes of military industry goods,” including “illuminating mortar mines and training” to the Bangladeshi defense ministry. He added that the flight “had all necessary permissions in accordance with international regulations.”