Russian pilot safely lands jetliner disabled by bird strike - Sentinel-Tribune: News

Russian pilot safely lands jetliner disabled by bird strike

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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019 5:30 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian pilot whose passenger jet lost power in both engines after colliding with a flock of gulls shortly after takeoff Thursday managed to land in a cornfield smoothly enough that only one of the 233 people on board was hurt seriously enough to be hospitalized.

The quick thinking of the captain, 41-year old Damir Yusupov, drew comparisons to the 2009 "miracle on the Hudson," when Capt. Chesley Sullenberger safely ditched his plane in New York's Hudson River after a bird strike disabled its engines.

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