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(Video) Ural A321 Crash / Forced Landing after Bird Strike

Takeoff and crash landing video from on-board Ural a321. Around 1:11 listen to the engines being pushed as they as fail. ( More...

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tim mitchell 10
I know we've all given Airbus crap over the years but they actually seem to make a pretty good product.
bbabis 4
Glad it all worked out. No lives lost is the best news.

The audio sounds like the engine(s) continuously surge until compressor stall after the bird damage. Often, and in the case I had, a turbine engine will run quite well at a slightly reduced power setting after damage. Constant reduced power is much better than surging power.
airuphere 1
I honestly did not think of that. Can i ask what you case was? Bird / Type? Thanks Bill
bbabis 3
We had severe water ingestion damage during takeoff in Falcon 20 on a minimal runway. Both engines began surging at rotation. Reducing power brought both engines to normal operation and we actually flew the short trip home uneventfully to our home base. A ground run showed both engines would develop normal power up to certain point and then flame out. Maintenance found bent compressor blades in both engines and they needed extensive repair.
airuphere 1
That’s sounds like it could of been really hairy. That’s interesting that they would hold up to a certain point and something to remember in a surge situation. Thanks so much for posting that. Much appreciated.
Ken McIntyre 0
Avherald reported the birds to be seagulls.
Ken McIntyre 1
airuphere 1
Totally was seagulls I was just asking a question to bill sorry for the confusion
chalet 1
Funny, it looks as if this aircraft did not climb as fast and high as other 321s do, the trajectory was too flat. Could it be that the engines were not developing full power even before they had the bird strike.
sharon bias -3
Amazing video. But, no announcement from any crew that people should brace for a crash. Also, Russian's as just as stupid as American's escaping with their carry on luggage.
Ken McIntyre 5
Really? Those pilots were too busy trying to save the jet rather than waste time on a microphone chat with the passengers. They were more likely talking to ATC.
airuphere 3
Ya I agree wth Ken.. doubt the pilots had time, and don’t think true crew knew anything. Emergency brief procedures take time. The bird hit about 50-100 ft on take off from the videos I’ve seen.
Chris B 3
Looks like they had perhaps 62 seconds from being hit to great landing with no fire.
James Brand 2
Crew and passengers were in "Takeoff" configuration (upright, seat belts fastened, everything stowed). Plus, with the camera (smart phone?) pressed against the window, it might not have picked up any voice commands over the vibration and engine noise. IMHO
Colin Seftel -2
I think Sharon is referring to the cabin crew, who should have been sufficiently aware of the situation to give the brace command.
airuphere 1
I’m sure they might of known what was happening as the plane started to hit the ground.. but up until that - they would never give the brace command without previous emergency instructions from the left seat. I don’t about Russia, but EASA procedure involves many briefing, readbacks etc.. all cabin crew being strapped in facing the tail.. that would be a big assumption for them to start making noise.. again once they hit the ground sure.. but on the vid there is screaming and I’m sure the CC were stunned...imagine they hit wind sheer yelled brace and the plane recovered, it would cause hysteria for the rest of the flight. Many reasons for their training and procedure


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