Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Saudi Arabia safe after 'technical failure' on plane

Saudi Arabia safe after 'technical failure' on plane

Unverified video footage showed the wing of the aeroplane in fire.

The Saudi Arabian national team's rough start to World Cup continued on Tuesday, as the team's plane caught fire in midair.

The shaken players filmed themselves leaving the plane - a Russian Airlines Airbus A319-100 - shortly after landing.

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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.

In videos circulating on social media, the underneath of one wing of the aircraft appeared to be in flames.

The Green Falcons who suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat to tournament hosts Russian Federation were on their way to Rostov in preparation for their second Group A fixture when the incident happened.

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

Saudi Arabia have landed safely in Rostov-on-Don after experiencing a technical failure in one of their plane's engines mid-flight. "Well, of course we were scared a bit, but thank God".

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