Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Saudi football team safe after plane engine catches fire at World Cup

Saudi football team safe after plane engine catches fire at World Cup

"It is a plane that was secured by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the participating teams in the World Cup", the Saudi FA said in a statement.

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

Russia's Rossiya airline, which was carrying the Saudi Arabia soccer team, said it was investigating the cause of the engine malfunction, adding that a bird had likely entered the engine.

Photographs on Twitter show flames seen from the window on the Russian Airlines Airbus A319-100. Due to what the team called in a statement a "technical failure in one of the airplane engines", the team's flight reportedly caught on fire in midair. Their next game will take place this Wednesday.

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Saudi Arabia kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 5-0 reverse at the hands of hosts Russian Federation in Thursday's inaugural match.

The plane landed safely despite the fire, which was filmed by an unnamed passenger.

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia will face off with Uruguay, who are hoping to appease some worries after only beating Egypt 1-0 thanks to a late goal.

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