Thursday, 15 August 2019

Bird strike causes emergency landing in cornfield

A Russian passenger jet that flew into a flock of birds just after take off has crash-landed in a cornfield just outside a Moscow airport today due to a dual bird strike and twin engine failure. The Ural Airlines Airbus A321 was carrying 226 passengers and a crew of seven from Moscow's Zhukovsky International Airport (ZIA/UUBW) to Simferopol Airport (SIP/UKFF) a city on the Crimean Peninsula -- when it ran into trouble. Shortly after takeoff, flight U6-178 "struck a flock of gulls," according to an official from the Federal Air Transport Agency. "Some of the birds were sucked into its engines," they added. The aircraft was in the initial climb through 750 feet out of Zkukovsky's runway 12 when the aircraft flew through a flock of birds and ingested birds into both engines. 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 2-3nm past the runway with gear retracted. The occupants of the aircraft evacuated via slides, there were 10 injuries (including three children).

Aircraft Details
Airline: Ural Airlines
Code: U6/SVR
Aircraft: Airbus A321-211
Registration: VQ-BOZ
Serial Number: 2117
Engines: 2 x CFMI CFM56-5B3/P
First Flew: 16/12/2003
Age: 15 Yrs 8 Mths

Previous operators of the aircraft 
23/04/2004 Kibris Turk Hava Yollari  TC-KTD
28/07/2010 Atlas Jet TC-ETR
10/11/2011 Ural Airlines VQ-BOZ

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