The incident, which occurred shortly after takeoff from the Russian city of Yakutsk in Siberia, involved a cargo plane belonging to the airline Nimbus that was headed to the city of Krasnoyarsk roughly five hours away. As the aircraft was gaining altitude, a door to its cargo hold broke off, spilling a whole bunch of the treasure down onto the runway and beyond for some 16 miles. And while you might want to believe this is some heist gone awry, it was allegedly a total accident. Evidently, damage to the door's handle caused it to bust open, per a report from the state "Investigative Committee" according to the Daily Mail.
The plane ended up making an emergency landing at another nearby airport and no one was hurt, but the search is on to recover the spilled gems and precious metals. As of now, they've retrieved 172 gold bars weighing 3.4 tons, though it's unclear how much is still missing. If you're thinking it might be worth hopping the next jet to Siberia to search for yourself, just a heads up you'd be facing off against a whole army of police and secret services, who've swarmed the area to aid in the recovery effort.