The Airbus A321 came down near Zhukovsky International Airport in the Moscow region. Terrified passengers used emergency escape slides to evacuate
The Airbus A321 came down near Zhukovsky International Airport in the Moscow region. Terrified passengers used emergency escape slides to evacuate the stricken aircraft. According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency the plane struck a flock of birds shortly after taking off. The Ural Airlines flight from Moscow to Simferopol was carrying 226 passengers and seven crew members.
The plane came to a halt on farmland near the village of Rybaki.
An emergency services source said: “A total of 23 people have been injured, including nine children aged between two and nine.”
An official from the Federal Air Transport Agency said the emergency was sparked by a birdstrike.
He said: “Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft struck a flock of gulls, some of the birds were sucked into its engines.
“The emergency landing took place on a cornfield less than one kilometer away from the airport’s runway
“There was no fire on board. The crew used inflatable escape slides to evacuate the passengers.”
Ural Airlines Director General Sergei Skuratov said: “An emergency landing was performed by a plane taking off from Zhukovsky.
“The incident was caused by ingestion of birds into both of the engines. The engines turned off, the crew performed a landing about one kilometer away from the runway.
“The landing was done properly, the plane did not catch fire, all passengers were evacuated. No one was killed or injured.”
Moscow Inter-Regional Transport Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Yekaterina Korotkova said an investigation into the accident was underway.
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