Video: 20 injured as plane makes emergency landing in corn field

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Moscow - The airline was carrying 226 passengers and seven crew from Moscow's Zhukovsky airport.



By AFP

Published: Thu 15 Aug 2019, 11:25 AM

Last updated: Thu 15 Aug 2019, 4:19 PM

At least 20 people were injured after an Airbus plane with over 230 passengers on board made a hard emergency landing on Thursday near Moscow shortly after taking off, authorities said.
The Ural Airlines A321 was carrying 226 passengers and seven crew from Moscow's Zhukovsky airport to Simferopol in Russia-annexed Crimea, the Rosaviatsia air transport agency said in a statement.

The bird strike occurred shortly after take-off, causing engine trouble, and the crew decided to immediately land.

The plane landed in the corn field about a kilometre from the runway, with its engines off and landing gear retracted, Rosaviatsia said.
Passengers were evacuated on inflatable ramps, with some taken to hospital and others back to the airport.

The health ministry said 23 people were hospitalised, including nine children, but that none suffered serious injuries.



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