A Russian airliner carrying 226 passengers made an emergency landing in a cornfield near Zhukovsky International Airport in Moscow on Thursday after hitting a flock of birds during take-off. Both engines malfunctioned, according to the airline.
Ural Airlines pilot Damir Yusupov was called a “hero” by Russian media for successfully landing the plane with the engines off and the landing gear up. Twenty-three passengers suffered mostly minor injuries in the landing, CNN reported.
A passenger told state TV that lights started flashing and there was a smell of burning before they landed.