An Ural Airlines Airbus A321 crash-landed in a cornfield after striking a flock of birds yesterday. Flight U6178 was flying from Moscow to Simferopol when the incident happened. The aircraft was carrying 226 passengers and 7 crew members. Around 74 people suffered injuries caused by the incident. Russian media has dubbed the landing the "miracle over Ramensk".
The pilots were hailed as heroes for "saving people's lives and landing the plane" by the Kremlin. They would be receiving state awards soon.
The aircraft was significantly damaged by the incident and shall be written-off.
An unnamed passenger shared to the Russian State TV the plane started to shake violently after take-off. "Five seconds later, the lights on the right side of the plane started flashing and there was a smell of burning. Then we landed and everyone ran away," he said.
Passengers were quickly evacuated from the plane by the cabin crew. While 74 were seeking medical treatment, there were no casualties according to Russia's emergencies ministry. Nineteen children were among those reported injured.
One person remains in hospital, based on Russian media reports.
Russian media compared the incident to the US Airways "Miracle on the Hudson" flight that carried out an emergency landing on the Hudson River shortly after take-off in 2009.