Two Russian pilots are being hailed as heroes by the Kremlin after they crash landed an airliner carrying 233 people in a cornfield outside Moscow. A Ural Airlines Airbus A321 was taking off from Moscow Zhukovsky airport when a flock of seagulls hit the plane and were injested into both engines.
Video of Take Off & Moment Birds Fly Into Engines
In the video, you can hear the birds strike the plane as the engine starts to stall and rattle.
Video shows moment Ural Airlines A321 was hit on the left side by birds on takeoff from Zhukovsky airport (Video: RuAviaPhotog). https://t.co/DcW24EYmXl pic.twitter.com/H2xuMDKhpn— Breaking Aviation News (@breakingavnews) August 15, 2019
After the aircraft hit the flock of birds and ingested them into both engines, it climbed to around 750 feet. The engines then both failed and the pilots executed a landing in a field less than 3 miles past the end of the runway. The landing gear was fully retracted when it hit the field severely damaging the plane but miraculously, everybody on board survived.
Video of Russian Plane Crash Landing Into Corn Field
Warning Distressing Footage
Видео посадки А321 на кукурузное поле в Подмосковье. Снимает один из пассажиров.— baza (@bazabazon) August 15, 2019
Судя по звуку, двигатели работают с перебоями. pic.twitter.com/wytF75Lf59
Video reportedly from within the plane showed the passengers remained quiet as it approached the cornfield, only for screaming to erupt as the jet touched down.
Up to 55 passengers, including 17 children have been given medical attention according to Russian state news agency TASS.
Captain Damir Yusupov with co-pilot Gregory Murzin #U6178 landed without chassis and with full tanks of fuel into a cornfield, saving everyone aboard of A321 @Ural_Air_Lines pic.twitter.com/62cSY7x9WA— Vlad Markov (@vmarkov) August 15, 2019
n a video posted on Russian social media platform VKontakte, Murzin detailed how the pair managed to bring the plane down safely.
On 15.08, Ural Airlines flight #U6178 Airbus A321 (VQ-BOZ) operating from Moscow to Simferopol suffered a bird strike on takeoff. The aircraft landed in a field near the airport. 226 passengers + 7 crew, 15 minor injuries reported. @AviationSafety @aviation24_be @breakingavnews pic.twitter.com/wDPB2gbA7w— Aeronews (@AeronewsRO) August 15, 2019
A similar incident happened in January 2009, when a flock of geese struck a US Airways plane, knocking out both engines. It was called The “Miracle on the Hudson,” when Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger put the Airbus A320 down on the frigid Hudson River with no fatalities. In 2016 the event were made in to a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks.
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