Airbus A321-211 – Bird Strike (Russia)



Date: 15-AUG-2019
Time: 03:15 UTC
Type: Airbus A321-211
Owner/operator: Ural Airlines
Registration: VQ-BOZ
C/n / msn: 2117
Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 234
Other fatalities: 0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location: Rybaki, near Zhukovsky International Airport (ZIA/UUBW) –    Russia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature: International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Zhukovsky International Airport (ZIA/UUBW)
Destination airport: Simferopol Airport (SIP/UKFF)

Ural Airlines Flight U6-178, an Airbus A321-211, registration VQ-BOZ, performing flight U6-178 from Moscow Zhukovsky (Russia) to Simferopol (Ukraine), was substantially damaged when it force landed to a cornfield shortly after takeoff due to a dual bird strike and engine failure. Ten passengers from the 234 occupants were injured.
The aircraft with 226 passengers and 7 crew, was in the initial climb through 750 feet out of Zkukovsky’s runway 12 when the aircraft flew through a flock of birds and ingested birds into both engines (CFM56). Both engines failed, one emitting noises as if the engine spools up and down, forcing the crew to stop the climb at 750 feet and land the aircraft in a corn field about 2-3nm past the runway with gear retracted. The occupants of the aircraft evacuated via slides, there were 10 injuries (including three children).