Dozens Injured After Bird-Struck Plane Crash-Lands Near Moscow

At least 55 people including 17 children were injured when a plane crash-landed in a field near Moscow on Thursday, August 15, after it collided with a flock of birds, Russian state media reported.

Russian news agency TASS said the Ural Airlines flight from Moscow to the Crimean city of Simferopol was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff.

Ural Airlines tweeted that flight U6178 had struck a flock of birds.

The Russian Health Ministry said in a statement that none of the passengers’ injuries were life-threatening, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Libery.

This footage shows the Airbus A321 airplane in a field as emergency services approach it. Credit: Lamp – Bright News via Storyful