Russians Hail 'hero' Pilot After Moscow Emergency Landing
A Russian pilot was being hailed as a hero on Thursday for landing an Airbus carrying more than 230 people in a Moscow corn field after a bird strike
Moscow, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - APP - 15th Aug, 2019 ) :A Russian pilot was being hailed as a hero on Thursday for landing an Airbus carrying more than 230 people in a Moscow corn field after a bird strike.
Birds were sucked into the engines and the crew decided to immediately land, bringing the plane down in the corn field a kilometre from the runway, with the engines off and the landing gear retracted.
The aircraft, carrying 226 passengers and seven crew, was evacuated using inflatable ramps, with some passengers taken to hospital and others back to the airport.
The health ministry said 23 people were hospitalised, including nine children. Seven people were being kept in for observation, including a 28-year-old man who suffered a concussion.
The pilot, Yekaterinburg native Damir Yusupov, was praised for his quick thinking.
"The crew of the Ural Airlines flight showed fantastic skill and cool-headedness," said Yevgeny Kuyvashev, the governor of Yusupov's home region.
"He and his team saved 233 lives. They are heroes."