Congratulations to Captain Yusupov for a text book emergency landing.
Yes, that man deserves a LOT of medals.
Heroes of Russia: Putin awards pilots with country’s highest honor for saving 233 lives
there were reports in finnish media how the flock of seagulls that the plane reportedly met were from the illegal landfills around the area and it was a known problem that the same seagulls liked to stay on the airfield tarmac to warm themselves up.
Taking into account Moscow is city with population about 10 times bigger than entire population of Estonia, with energy consumption bigger then all Ukraine with all its heavy industry etc - it is not surprising the city is surrounded with scrap yards (both legal and illegal) population and industry produce, and lot of warm places for birds. May be it is strange for you in small country, but for us here it is part of lifestyle. Rus Gov is trying to solve the problem by building new processing plants, sorting garbage and transporting it to other regions, but it is long and complex process.