Ural Airlines Jet Makes ‘Miracle’ Crash Landing in Cornfield Outside Moscow, Reports Say All Survived

By Jesse Sokolow on 15 August 2019
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DSC_0070A Ural Airlines jet crash-landed into a corn field just minutes after taking off from an airport near Moscow, injuring 23.  Initials reports indicate that there were no fatalities.

Shortly after Ural Flight 178 took off from Zhukovsky International Airport at 6:15 a.m. local time, it collided with a flock of gulls, damaging the Airbus A321’s engines and requiring it to make an emergency landing.

The pilot, Damir Yusupov, is being called a hero for carrying out an emergency landing with no loss of life.  Russian media outlets are calling the landing the “miracle over the Ramenskoe,” a reference to the 2009 crash landing of US Airways Flight 1549 and pilot Chesley Sullenberger, as well as to the area outside Moscow where the incident occurred.

“Thanks to the professionalism of pilots and the crew, there were no serious injuries and damages among the passengers,” said Russia’s Health Ministry in a statement.

The single-aisle aircraft, with 226 passengers and seven crew members on board, was en route to Simferopol, a popular vacation destination for Russians in the Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.

Russia’s airlines have enjoyed a checkered safety record with several crashes in recent years.  In May, Aeroflot Flight 1492, a Sukhoi SSJ-100 bound for Murmansk, was hit by lightning shortly after takeoff and returned to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, where it burst into flames after crash-landing on a runway with five crew members and 73 passengers on board.  Forty passengers and the flight attendant seated in the rear of the aircraft perished in the crash.

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