An Ural Airlines Airbus A321 was substantially damaged in the early hours of this morning when it was forced to land in a cornfield shortly after take-off due to a dual bird strike and engine failure.
The aircraft was operating from Moscow Zhukovsky International Airport in Russia to Simferopol Airport in Ukraine and took-off at 03.15h (local time).
Reports claim that that the aircraft had 226 passengers and 7 crew on board and 10 passengers, including three children were injured in the incident.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, 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 (CFM56).
The network added that both engines failed, one emitting noise “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 two to three metres past the runway with gear retracted.
The passengers and crew on board were reportedly evacuated via slides.
(Picture courtesy of Twitter: @JacdecNew)