An Airbus A-321 operated by Ural Airlines (Flight U6-178) from Moscow Zhukovsky (Russia) to Simferopol (Russia) made a crash landing into a corn field less than 3 miles past the end of the runway in Moscow. The flight was carrying 226 passengers and 7 crew. All passengers and crew are reported safe, however 10 sustained some injuries from the landing.
The Ural Airlines aircraft departed from Moscow Zhukovsky and was climbing through 750 feet when the aircraft flew into a flock of birds and ingested birds into both engines. Both engines failed and one began emitting noises as if the engine was spooling up and down. The aircraft crew stopped the climb and attempted to land the aircraft in a cornfield with the landing gear retracted.
Once the aircraft made a successful crash landing into the cornfield, the passengers and crew evacuated via the emergency slides to safety on the ground. There were no fires, no leaking fuel, and no fatalities. Eight buses were sent to the crash site to transport the passengers back to Zhukovsky Airport.
Russian State Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation.
The passengers on board S7 Airlines flight S7-263 from Moscow Domodedovo (DME) to Simferopol are lucky to be alive after their Boeing 737-800 aircraft ran off the end of the runway before finally getting airborne on August 5th, 2019.
Once the flight became airborne it flew successfully to Simferopol where the landing was problem free, however, the flight could have ended in tragedy.
Russian investigators are still researching the cause of this near accident, but initial thoughts are pointing to a miscalculation by the crew for the takeoff weight. Sources online have noted that the 737 was 15 tonnes heavier than initially thought. They believe the crew may have mistakenly calculated the takeoff performance using zero fuel weight instead of the actual fuel weight (which makes up the 15 ton discrepancy).
After the incident in Domodedovo, an inspection of the runway was performed and revealed glass debris as well as 5 damaged runway lights. Once the flight landed in Simferopol, an inspection of the aircraft was carried out and found to have glass embedded in the landing gear as well as 3 damaged tires.