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Russian police officers near the site of Ural Airlines A-321 passenger plane emergency landing outside Zhukovsky airport in Ramensky district of Moscow region, Russia, 15 August 2019. A-321 with 226 passengers and seven crew members on board en-route from Moscow to Simferopol made emergency landing after a right engine failure following the plane's colliding with seagulls shortly after take-off. Ten people were hospitalized following the accident. - EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

MOSCOW: A Russian Airbus with more than 230 people on board was forced to make an emergency landing in a corn field outside Moscow on Thursday after hitting a flock of seagulls, officials said.

There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.

The Ural Airlines A321 was carrying 226 passengers and seven crew from Moscow’s Zhukovsky airport to Simferopol in Russia-annexed Crimea, the Rosaviatsia air transport agency said in a statement.

The bird strike occurred shortly after take-off, causing engine trouble, and the crew decided to immediately land.

The plane landed in the corn field about a kilometre from the runway, with its engines off and landing gear retracted, Rosaviatsia said.

Passengers were evacuated on inflatable ramps, with some taken to hospital and others back to the airport.

The health ministry said 23 people were hospitalised, including nine children, but that none suffered serious injuries.

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