Putin honors Damir Yusupov with ‘the Hero of Russia’ award

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday awarded the nation's highest medal, the Hero of Russia, to the pilot who managed to smoothly land his disabled passenger plane in a cornfield after a flock of birds hit both engines and knocked them out. The experienced captain, 41-year-old Damir Yusupov, said Friday that a quick landing was … Continue reading Putin honors Damir Yusupov with ‘the Hero of Russia’ award

Heroic Russian pilot saves many lives, says he’s not a hero

The "hero" Russian pilot who safely¬†crash-landed a passenger plane in a cornfield¬†shortly after take-off went back into the cockpit to phone his wife and tell her he was safe. Captain Damir Yusupov, 41, was forced to take action after birds got caught in both the plane's engines after jetting off from Moscow's Zhukovsky Airport. The … Continue reading Heroic Russian pilot saves many lives, says he’s not a hero