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Russia: Rosaviatsiya chief praises Ural Airlines crew for landing in cornfield02:11

Russia: Rosaviatsiya chief praises Ural Airlines crew for landing in cornfield

Russian Federation, Zhukovsky airport
August 15, 2019 at 13:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

Head of Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) Alexander Neradko praised the Ural Airlines crew for taking “the only right decision” by landing their Airbus A321 in a cornfield just moments after take-off from Moscow’s Zhukovsky airport on Thursday.

“The landing was made about five kilometres away from the edge of the runway. The gear was retracted, engines were off before landing, according to the crew,” he said.

“There was no fire on board. Landing was made in a cornfield. The crew organised the evacuation in strict accordance with emergency procedures. All the passengers were evacuated,” added Neradko.

“The crew acted properly, professionally, courageously and deserve the highest distinction,” he concluded.

The Ural Airlines Airbus A321 was en route to Simferopol from Moscow with 226 passengers and seven crew aboard when its engines malfunctioned due to at least one bird being ingested by the turbines.

Rosaviatsia chief Neradko said that 24 people were injured in the rough landing, after earlier reports put the number at 23.

Russia: Rosaviatsiya chief praises Ural Airlines crew for landing in cornfield02:11
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Head of Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) Alexander Neradko praised the Ural Airlines crew for taking “the only right decision” by landing their Airbus A321 in a cornfield just moments after take-off from Moscow’s Zhukovsky airport on Thursday.

“The landing was made about five kilometres away from the edge of the runway. The gear was retracted, engines were off before landing, according to the crew,” he said.

“There was no fire on board. Landing was made in a cornfield. The crew organised the evacuation in strict accordance with emergency procedures. All the passengers were evacuated,” added Neradko.

“The crew acted properly, professionally, courageously and deserve the highest distinction,” he concluded.

The Ural Airlines Airbus A321 was en route to Simferopol from Moscow with 226 passengers and seven crew aboard when its engines malfunctioned due to at least one bird being ingested by the turbines.

Rosaviatsia chief Neradko said that 24 people were injured in the rough landing, after earlier reports put the number at 23.

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