Good job to this crew!
Russian Airlines Ural Airlines is reporting an Airbus has had an incident after hitting a flock of birds
The plane made a forced landing. Passengers and crew didn’t get hurt.It was an Airbus A321 operating from Moscow Zhukovsky International Airport (ZIA) to Simferopol (SIP)
An Ural Airlines Airbus A321-211, registration VQ-BOZ performing flight U6-178 from Moscow Zhukovsky (Russia) to Simferopol (Ukraine) with 226 passengers and 7 crew, was in the initial climb through 750 feet out of Zkukovsky’s runway 12 at about 06:15L (03:15Z) when the aircraft flew through a flock of birds and ingested birds into both engines (CFM56-5B). Both engines failed, one emitting noises as if the engine spools up and down, forcing the crew to stop the climb at 750 feet and land the aircraft in a cornfield about 2.77nm past the runway with gear retracted (Approximate position N55.512 E38.252). The occupants of the aircraft evacuated via slides, there were 10 injuries (including three children). The aircraft sustained substantial damage.
The airline reported the aircraft received a large bird hit when departing Zhukovsky and made a forced landing. Passengers and crew were not injured.
Russia’s Emergency Ministry reported 226 passengers including 6 children and 7 crew were on board, all evacuated. 10 passengers including 3 children needed medical attention. The aircraft was found outside the airport, the right hand engine was smoking but no fires, no fuel leaking, the cabin was inspected for people inside, the engines were sprayed for cooling. Eight busses were deployed to the accident site to return the passengers to Zhukovsky Airport.
Russia’s Ministry of Transport reported the aircraft suffered a bird strike into both engines while flying through a flock of seagulls and landed in a field more than 1km from the airport. The aircraft landed gear up, the crew shut both engines down just prior to landing. A special commission was set up to investigate the accident. The cause of the forced landing was the failure of the right hand engine, that caught fire following a bird strike.
Rosaviatsia reported right after becoming airborne the aircraft collided with a flock of seagulls, their entry into the engines caused significant interruptions in their work. The crew decided to land straight ahead. The forced landing took place in a cornfield between middle and outer marker (of the ILS landing system opposite direction). The aircraft landed with the gear retracted, both engines were shut down just prior to touch down. All 226 passengers and 7 crew were evacuated via slides. Affected passengers were promptly taken to a medical facility in Zhukovsky, the other passengers were taken back to Zhukovsky Airport.
States Prosecution have opened a criminal investigation.
The flight crew told Russian media the problem began right after takeoff when a bird hit the left hand engine causing it to fail completely, shortly followed by another bird strike into the right hand engine which subsequently provided insufficient thrust to remain airborne. The captain took control and landed the aircraft in an open field.
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