Earlier this morning, a Russian passenger plane made an emergency landing in a corn farm after hitting a flock of birds. The incident happened near Moscow.

The plane which is owned by Ural Airlines made the emergency landing with its engines off and landing gears retracted. The incident left 23 people severely injured and are responding to treatment at a nearby hospital.

The airbus 321 which was travelling to Simferopol in Crimea with 233 passengers on board, hit flock of birds shortly after taking of. Birds sucked into the engine which caused the airbus to shake violently, one passenger was quoted as saying.

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This has caused a severe damage to the plane and therefore would not fly again, the airline has said

“the plane shoke violently after hitting the birds. 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.

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Russian Air transport agency Rosaviatsia said the plane landed in a cornfield about a kilometre from the runway at Zhukovsky International Airport, with its engines off and landing gear retracted.

Passengers were evacuated from the plane, with some taken to hospital for treatment and others directed back to the airport.

The health ministry has said five children were among those hospitalised following the crash. Those injured in the incident were “considered to be in serious or fair condition”,

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Kirill Skuratov who is the Ural Airlines Director told Tass that passengers who wanted to continue their journey would be put on alternative flights following medical examinations.

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