Russia plane crash: Passenger plane carrying 226 people crash lands near Moscow

Russia plane crash: Passenger plane carrying 226 people crash lands near Moscow

The Airbus A321 made came down near Zhukovsky International Airport in the Moscow region. According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency the pl

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The Airbus A321 made came down near Zhukovsky International Airport in the Moscow region. 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.

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.”

Moscow Inter-Regional Transport Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Yekaterina Korotkova said an investigation into the accident was underway.

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