Team Saudi Arabia plane catches fire in mid air



Saudi Arabia’s official team plane was forced to make an emergency landing after catching fire with the World Cup squad on board on Monday.

Flames were seen from the engine as the Russian Airlines Airbus was en route to Rostov where they will take on Uruguay on Wednesday.

An unnamed passenger took footage out of the window of the Russian jet, with flames clearly seen coming out from the wing. The plane landed safely and was seen being repaired.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation issued a statement after the incident saying everyone was safely on the ground.

“The Saudi Football Federation wishes to reassure everyone about the safety of all members of the mission of the national team after a minor technical malfunction in an engine,” the statement read.

“The plane landed a few minutes ago at Rostov on Don Airport, and UNOMIG personnel are now safely heading to their residence.

“Videos uploaded to twitter show fire shooting from the engines underneath the wings.The plane was a Russian Airlines Airbus A319-100 and no one was hurt in what must have been a terrifying incident.The players were then filmed.

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