Russian passenger jet crash-lands after hitting a flock of birds

Ural Airlines Airbus.
The plane crash-landed shortly after takeoff. Photo credit: Russian Emergencies Ministry/TASS.

A Russian passenger jet has crash-landed in a cornfield outside a Moscow airport after flying into a flock of birds, reports Russian news agency TASS.

The Ural Airlines Airbus A321 was carrying 226 passengers and a crew of seven on a flight from Moscow's Zhukovsky airport to Crimean city Simferopol on Thursday.

TASS reports the aircraft "struck a flock of gulls" shortly after takeoff, sucking some of the birds into its engines.

"Some of the birds were sucked into its engines," according to an official from the Federal Air Transport Agency. 

The emergency landing occurred less than a kilometre away from Zhukovsky's runway.

Twenty-three people have reportedly been hospitalised, including five children.