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    Default Moscow Passenger Plane Catches Fire, Crash-Lands in Cornfield.

    A Russian passenger plane performed an emergency landing near Moscow shortly after takeoff on Thursday after birds were sucked into its engines, causing it to catch fire, the airline and state media reported.
    The Airbus 321, with 234 people on board, made an emergency landing near Zhukovsky International Airport southeast of Moscow, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry. The Ural Airlines flight was traveling from Moscow to Crimea's Simferopol. Up to 23 casualties have been reported.


    “There are currently 23 injured, including nine children. The children’s ages are between two and nine,” an unnamed source in the emergency services told the state-run TASS news agency. The injured have been taken to nearby hospitals, the report added.
    Ural Airlines said on its Twitter account that no one was hurt when its U6178 flight made the emergency landing.
    “There was an emergency landing in Zhukovsky. Birds got into both engines. The engines turned off and the crew carried out the landing ... one kilometer away from the runway,” TASS quoted Ural Airlines' general director, Sergei Skuratov, as saying.
    One of the engines caught fire after birds were sucked into them but the fire didn't spread into the passenger cabin, TASS quoted an unnamed emergency services source as saying.


    “There are currently 23 injured, including nine children. The children’s ages are between two and nine,” an unnamed source in the emergency services told the state-run TASS news agency. The injured have been taken to nearby hospitals, the report added.
    Ural Airlines said on its Twitter account that no one was hurt when its U6178 flight made the emergency landing.
    “There was an emergency landing in Zhukovsky. Birds got into both engines. The engines turned off and the crew carried out the landing ... one kilometer away from the runway,” TASS quoted Ural Airlines' general director, Sergei Skuratov, as saying.
    One of the engines caught fire after birds were sucked into them but the fire didn't spread into the passenger cabin, TASS quoted an unnamed emergency services source as saying.




    Passenger-filmed videos showed people evacuating the aircraft as it sat in a cornfield near the airport.
    One passenger, Fyodor Galin, told the Mash Telegram channel that the plane began to shake about 5 seconds after takeoff.
    “Then the lights started flashing and there was a burning smell. The plane landed and we all ran out,” Galin can be seen saying in a video published by the Telegram channel.
    State television said the maneuver was being dubbed the "miracle over Ramensk," a reference to the Moscow region district where the plane came down.
    The Komsomolskaya Pravda tabloid lauded pilot Damir Yusupov as a "hero," saying he had saved 233 lives, "having masterfully landed a plane without its landing gear with a failing engine right in a cornfield."
    Some drew comparisons with U.S. Airways Flight 1549 which performed a landing on the Hudson River in 2009 after striking a flock of geese.
    Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case into violation of air traffic safety and aircraft operation rules following the landing, Interfax reported.
    Safety concerns have plagued Russia's airline industry since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, though standards are widely recognized to have sharply risen on international routes in particular in recent years.


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    whatever happened to "brace brace heads down grab your ankles" x 50?

    besides that, just a tremendous job by the captain today, a true hero
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    having watched the videos I think they hit the flock on rotation with the engine thrust rapidly degrading after that, so no time for anything besides steering to an open field, just brilliant job
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    It sounds like at least one engine was still turning, though maybe not producing any useful thrust, perhaps still providing hydraulics and electrical power. Control law could have still been normal. Was the gear retracted before the strike? If not, wise to bring it up before the landing.

    Thank Бог for cornfields and rivers. Sooner or later this is going to end badly. What can be done that isn't being done?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan View Post
    What can be done that isn't being done?
    I'd think another memory checklist would be in order.
    Les règles de l'aviation de base découragent de longues périodes de dur tirer vers le haut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3WE View Post
    I'd think another memory checklist would be in order.
    shit! you beat me to it. memory list for bird avoidance?

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    The memory list for bird avoidance is pretty simple...

    1) Don't hit birds
    2) That's it really

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3WE View Post
    I'd think another memory checklist would be in order.
    Hilarious. What else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan View Post
    Hilarious. What else?
    Bird avoidance systems. Read somewhere it wasn't working properly in this case. And indeed you can see they got hit right after rotation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan View Post
    ... What can be done that isn't being done?
    As birds have not killed any commercial airline passengers in thirty years and eleven months, I think the certification standards for engines and airport bird mitigation procedures are adequate and further investments in this field are unnecessary, although perhaps the report into this accident can suggest something...
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    So now the Russian regulators say the have found an illegal garbage dump near the airport, which has been attracting birds.

    I'm just so glad this didn't turn into another tragedy. Would have been too much bad news from Russia. And the A32x proves its qualities again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan View Post
    Was the gear retracted before the strike? If not, wise to bring it up before the landing.
    I'll pass that along.

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    Captain Sullinski!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoeingBobby View Post
    Captain Sullinski!
    We're going to be in the corn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan View Post
    It sounds like at least one engine was still turning, though maybe not producing any useful thrust, perhaps still providing hydraulics and electrical power. Control law could have still been normal. Was the gear retracted before the strike? If not, wise to bring it up before the landing.

    Thank Бог for cornfields and rivers. Sooner or later this is going to end badly. What can be done that isn't being done?
    Read somewhere (maybe on AVHerald comments) the pilot was interviewed and specifically did not lower the gear on purpose. The one engine was certainly oscillating up and down, but like you noted, probably not producing enough consistent thrust to hold them aloft. Lucky there were a lot of cornfields straight ahead.

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    Did someone say something about the need for ANOTHER memory checklist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Evan View Post
    Was the gear retracted before the strike? If not, wise to bring it up before the landing.
    TeeVee and ATL's and Bobby's comments acknowledged as good ones!
    Les règles de l'aviation de base découragent de longues périodes de dur tirer vers le haut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATLcrew View Post
    I'll pass that along.
    I've since read that they leveled off at 750' but there is no confirmation of their height when the actual bird strikes occurred, so it is possible that the gear was still down at that point. Question to you: Can the gear be retracted with the #1 engine at or below idle? Is the PTU on your planes automatically inhibited below 1500ft (this was a recommended retrofit, not a requirement)?

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    You can see the strike in the two videos I posted above. Happens right at liftoff. Gear would be down.

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