According to government-owned (50.02%) NTV, the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency, the Russian TASS news agency, and numerous other sources, on Aug. 15 a Ural Airlines Airbus A321 with 233 people aboard had just departed Moscow’s Zhukovsky International Airport bound for Simferopol, a city on the Crimean Peninsula, when it flew through a flock of birds causing one engine to shut down. The pilot reported that upon the initial bird strike, he intended to circle the field on the good ...

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