A Russian passenger jet flew into a flock of birds then crash-landed in a cornfield just outside a Moscow airport, according to Russia’s Air Agency.
Shortly after takeoff, the plane “collided with a flock of gulls,” according a statement from the agency. Some of the birds were sucked into its engines.
Up to 55 passengers, including 17 children, have been given medical attention, Russian state news agency TASS reported, citing a source in the regional Center for Disaster Medicine. Six have been hospitalized.