A PACKED tourist Airbus-321 made a terrifying emergency landing in a cornfield early today after “one engine caught fire and the other stopped work
A PACKED tourist Airbus-321 made a terrifying emergency landing in a cornfield early today after “one engine caught fire and the other stopped working”.
All 226 passengers and even crew were reported to have evacuated from the Russian aircraft, but there were reports of injuries.
Birds became caught in both engines on the early morning takeoff from Moscow’s Zhukovsky International Airport.
News outlet 112 said when a bird got into the left engine it caught fire, and at the same time the second engine stopped working.
With one engine on fire passengers reported “a flash and then a smell of smoke”.
Hero captain Damir Yusupov called for an emergency landing at the airport but then decided to bring the plane down at the earliest opportunity – in a cornfield near Ramenskoye settlement in Moscow region, reported 1TV channel.
He had no engine power when he landed, say reports.
Preliminary reports say all on board survived the air drama but 15 people received injuries mainly during the emergency evacuation.
One passenger said: “We are standing in the middle of the field.
“One lad broke his arm. Another one broke his finger.
“They told us nothing. The engine clapped several times, they tried to restart it, and we began to fall down.
“I was holding onto the cross around my neck and now I do believe in God.”
The captain reported that he could Yusupov got in control of the situation, chose the place for landing and landed.
A teenage boy passenger who was streaming a report from the field where the plane landed said: “I am from a plane that came down.
“We were taking off from Zhukovsky, and some five seconds after were were off the ground, the plane began to shake in a very strong way.
“In another five seconds the lights on the right side of the plane started flashing and we felt the smell of smoke.
“Then the plane landed and everyone rushed out. All is good.”
Ural Airlines press service said: “While taking off from Zhukovsky airport, multiple birds got into the engines of the plane of the flight U6178.
“The plane had an emergency landing.
“The crew and passengers were not hurt.”
The plane was packed with tourists en route to Simferopol, capital of Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014.
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A later report from the Emergencies ministry rsaid 10 people were injured during emergency landing.
Three were rushed to hospitals.
One man had a broken arm and two children suffered concussion.
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