Story By: Anna Guran, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/@downup
This footage shows the Ural Airlines plane which had 226 passengers on board after it was forced to make an emergency landing in a cornfield when it hit a flock of seagulls.
The unexpected collision with the birds court engine failure after they were sucked into the jet engines and it was forced to crash into the cornfield in the Ramensky district of the Moscow Region.
The plane was reportedly en route from Moscow Zhukovsky Airport to the Crimean city of Simferopol. But the problem with the engines forced the emergency landing.
Pictures Credit: CEN/@downup & CEN/@Omskincident & CEN/@112
All 226 passengers, along with 6 crew members, were able to leave the plane without injury by using the inflatable ramps.
Many were panicking as there was fire and smoke but the blaze was quickly eliminated before it could take hold.
A press release by the Ural airlines said: “On flight U6178 Zhukovsky-Simferopol, when flying out of Zhukovsky, there was an issue in which numerous birds were sucked into the aircraft engines. The plane made an emergency landing as a result. Passengers and crew were not injured.”
As noted by the Telegram channel “112”, there are no dead, with medics quickly on the scene to tend to the shocked survivors.
The only things that needed to be treated were bruises and some concussion, but reportedly nothing serious.
Footage published in Russian media shows people from the plane milling around, some shouting and panic for loved ones.
One person can be heard saying: “I feel like I’ve been given a second chance.” Another voice is heard saying: “The main thing is that you are alive.”
According to the representative of emergency services of the Moscow Region, the plane ended up lying on its belly after all of the wheels on its undercarriage snapped off when it landed in the cornfield.
The ViralTab page is created by and dedicated to professional, independent freelance journalists. It is a place for us to showcase our work. When our news is sold to our media partners, we will include the link here.