A Ural Airlines Airbus A320 has landed in a field in Russia

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A Ural Airlines Airbus A320 has landed in a wheat field near Novosibirsk, a city in southern Siberia, Russia.

The aircraft was operating Ural Airlines domestic flight U61383 from Sochi International Airport (AER) to Omsk Tsentralny Airport (OMS). During alignment maneuvers with the runway at Omsk Tsentralny Airport (OMS), the aircraft departed the airport at an altitude of 2.150 feet (665,3 meters), continuing its journey to Novosibirsk, overflying Omsk.

After flying over Omsk, Russia, the Ural Airlines Airbus A320, registered as RA-73805, climbed to an altitude of 18.000 ft (5.500 m). The crew activated the emergency transponder code 17 minutes before landing in the farmland, according to data from flightradar24.com.

According to the Russian news agency TASS, the Airbus A320 experienced hydraulic problems and the flight crew feared that the brakes would fail on landing, which is why they decided to land the aircraft in a field.

There were 159 passengers and six crew members on board the aircraft, they were evacuated with the help of slides, without suffering major injuries. TASS noted that some passengers required medical attention for minor injuries.

In August 2019, another Airbus A321 from Ural Airlines, then registered as VQ-BQZ, landed in a field while operating a domestic flight from Moscow Zhukovsky International Airport (ZIA) to Simferopol International Airport (SIP) in Russian-occupied Crimea.

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