Moscow: A passenger jet made an emergency landing in a field outside of one of Moscow's airports Thursday after colliding with a flock of birds, injuring at least 23 people, Russian officials said.
The Ural Airlines A321 carrying 226 passengers and a crew of seven hit the birds as it took off Thursday from Moscow's Zhukovsky airport en route for Simferopol, in Crimea.
The airline said in a statement that the birds got into both of the plane's engines, causing a malfunction. The pilot then made an emergency landing in a cornfield about 1 kilometer (half a mile) from the airport.
Russian health authorities said 23 people, including five children, have been hospitalised with injuries. Ural Airlines lauded the crew for its professionalism in arranging the evacuation.
Footage from the scene showed the flight commander directing the passengers to walk away from the plane across the cornfield.