A view shows the Ural Airlines Airbus 321 passenger plane following an emergency landing in a field near Zhukovsky International Airport in Moscow Region, Russia August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
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A Russian pilot was being hailed as a hero Thursday for landing an Airbus carrying more than 230 people in a Moscow corn field after a bird strike.The aircraft, carrying 226 passengers and seven crew, was evacuated using inflatable ramps.Passenger Svetlana Babina said the bird strike could be heard from inside the plane and that the engines started making "strange noises".Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also hailed the "hero pilots" who landed the plane.Zhukovsky, about 40 kilometers southeast of Moscow city center, opened in 2016 as Moscow's fourth international airport.The last major accident was in May, when a Sukhoi Superjet belonging to national carrier Aeroflot crash-landed and burst into flames at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, killing 41 people.
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