An airline pilot is being celebrated after he made a successful emergency landing in a corn field after a swarm of birds was sucked into the plane’s engines during takeoff, causing them to tail.
Everyone on board allegedly survived.
Captain Damir Yusupov, 41, was piloting Ural Airlines’ flight 178 from Moscow’s Zhukovsky Airport to Simferopol, Crimea.
And during the takeoff, something terrible went wrong.
Passengers on the aircraft revealed to Russian news outlets that the Airbus A321 began shaking, making noises and smelling of something burning as it began its incline.
The plane collided with a large flock of seagulls according to an announcement from national aviation regulator Rosaviatsia. The plane collided with a large flock of seagulls that flew in front of the runway right as it was taking off. The birds were pulled into the plane’s two engines, causing them both to sputter to a stop.
The estimated 226 passengers and seven crew members deplaned using emergency inflatable slides among the corn stalks.
In a statement from Russia’s Health Ministry, 23 of the passengers were brought to a local hospital with minor wounds, nine of which were children. Only one member of that group required hospitalization for non-life threatening conditions.
Both photos and videos of the crash site has been overwhelming social media with many showing the plane engulfed in flames in certain areas and skid marks through the field where the aircraft came to a halt.