A Ural Airlines aircraft crash landing in the Moscow region left ten people injured, ONA reports citing TASS.
The accident occurred shortly after takeoff from Zhukovsky International Airport.
"According to preliminary information, ten people suffered injuries, mostly contusions," the source said, adding that there were three children among the injured.
Four passengers have been hospitalized, according to an official from the Federal Air Transport Agency.
"Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft struck a flock of gulls, some of the birds were sucked into its engines… The emergency landing took place on a cornfield less than one kilometer away from the airport’s runway," the official said.
"There was no fire on board. The crew used inflatable escape slides to evacuate the passengers," the aviation authority added.
A probe has been launched into the accident, Spokesperson for the Moscow Inter-Regional Transport Prosecutor’s Office Yekaterina Korotkova said.
Spokesperson for the Russian Investigative Committee’s Inter-Regional Transport Investigation Department Yelena Markovskaya, in turn, said that the Committee’s investigative team was on its way to the crash site.
An Airbus A321 made a crash landing near Zhukovsky International Airport after striking birds. There were 226 passengers and crew members aboard the aircraft.