Moscow, Aug 15: A Russian passenger jet with 226 passengers and seven crew members on board made an emergency landing after it struck a flock of birds and then crash-landed in a cornfield outside a Moscow airport on Thursday injuring 55 people, including 17 children.
The Simferopol-bound Ural Airlines U6178 flight, was forced to make a hard landing shortly after take-off from the Moscow region’s Zhukovsky Airport after seagulls were sucked into both of its engines, Sputnik news agency reported.
The plane was significantly damaged and would not perform flights in the near future, Ural Airlines said in a statement. An official investigation is under way.
About one tonne of fuel leaked from the passenger jet, emergency services told.
State media dubbed the landing the “miracle over Ramensk”.
Flight data recorders of the Airbus A321 plane are intact and will be handed over to experts from the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), an official spokesman for the Federal Air Transport Agency said.
“Black boxes of the A321 plane have not been damaged in the emergency landing near Moscow and will be sent to the IAC,” the spokesman said.