Monday, September 11, 2023

Evidently, Ural Airlines...

 ... practice crash-landings of A320s all the time, and they are becoming really good at it. But jokes aside.

And again, whatever the reason, A320 performed brilliantly, whatever the cause of malfunction, not to speak of a crew, of course. I wonder if Captain Yusupov crash-landed it brilliantly again. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded Friday the pilots of an Ural Airlines plane the highest civilian honor: "Hero of the Russian Federation" for their "courage and heroism" in performing official duties in extreme conditions. Putin also awarded crew members with the "Order of Courage" award for their "courage and dedication" shown in the performance of duties in extreme conditions. The honors came after Captain Damir Yusupov safely landed an Airbus jet Thursday with full fuel tanks in a cornfield after it hit a flock of birds seconds after takeoff from an airport in southeast Moscow. Yusupov made the decision after the jet lost power to both engines. That decision saved the lives of all 226 passengers and seven crew on board, including two pilots. The Ural Airlines Airbus-A321 aircraft headed from Zhukovsky International Airport in Moscow to Simferopol in Crimea, belly-flopped without chassis in a field near the Ramenskoye settlement about one kilometer (0.6 miles) from the airport.

Yet another miracle from Ural Airlines, its pilots and crew and indomitable A320 series, which simply refuse to kill passengers.  Will know about the cause of crash-landing soon enough, the most important part--everyone seem to be OK. Preliminary cause--failure of hydraulic system. Hm. 

Here it is. This time it was not corn but wheat field.

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