Published: Fri, August 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russian Federation: 74 injured in emergency airline landing

Russian Federation: 74 injured in emergency airline landing

The Airbus A321 aircraft, belonging to Russia's Ural Airlines, was bound for Crimea's capital of Simferopol. But then, he said, his second engine cut off moments later, leaving him no choice. Captain Damir Yusupov (left) brought the plane down with no power in either engine and with the landing gear retracted.

Captain Damir Yusupov and his copilot Georgy Murzin saved 233 people by landing the Airbus A321 with its landing gear up in a cornfield near the Zhukovsky airport in Moscow on August 15.

State television said the incident was being dubbed the "miracle over Ramensk", the name of the district near Moscow where the plane came down around one kilometre (0.62 miles) from Zhukovsky International Airport.

At the same time, the Russian media wrote that in the event of engine failure, the pilot landed the aircraft in the maize field. He has over 600 flying hours. It has been reported that up to 55 people were injured and 23 hospitalized, with all but one being released after treatment.

There were 226 passengers and crew members aboard the aircraft. Birds got into both engines.

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A passenger filmed from the window inside Ural Airlines Flight U6178 as it crashed into a cornfield in Moscow this morning. Yusupov is 41 years old, according to the Yekaterinburg-based airline.

The Ural Airlines plane was forced to make the emergency landing after it stuck a flock of birds immediately after take-off, TASS reported. "They will be given awards", he said. According to an announcement from national aviation regulator Rosaviatsia, the plane collided with a large flock of seagulls that flew in front of the runway right as it was taking off. Numerous ponds and lakes are also located near Zhukovsky Airport, helping attract gulls.

Vitya Babin, 11, who was on board with his mother and sister, said passengers were not warned there would be an emergency landing. His toughest decision, Hansman said, was where to try to land. He said a cornfield was a good place to land because it's free of big rocks and trees that could have damaged the plane.

Aircraft seats are manufactured to protect passengers in cases like this, and the fuel tanks are created to stay intact for a rough landing to prevent fires.

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