Russian plane crash-lands outside of Moscow after striking flock of gulls

The Ural Airlines Airbus A321 was carrying 226 passengers and a crew of seven from Moscow’s Zhukovsky airport to Simferopol — a city on the Crimean Peninsula — when it ran into trouble.

Shortly after takeoff, the plane “struck a flock of gulls,” according to an official from the Federal Air Transport Agency, TASS reported.
Moscow airport plane fire: At least 41 people killed in Aeroflot crash landing

“Some of the birds were sucked into its engines,” he added.

The official told TASS that the emergency landing took place in a field less than a kilometer (0.62 miles) away from the airport’s runway.

Twenty-three people, including five children, have been hospitalized, TASS reported.

In May, at least 41 people on board a Russian Aeroflot SU1492 jet were killed after the aircraft crash-landed at a Moscow airport on Sunday, bursting into flames on impact.
And in June, two passengers were killed on a Angara Airlines flight in Siberia after it overshot the runway and burst into flames.