Flames were seen coming from the engine as the Green Falcons flew to Rostov for World Cup game
Saudi Arabia’s official team plane caught fire in mid-air as they travelled to their World Cup match.
The Green Falcons were en route to Rostov for their second Group A match against Uruguay on Wednesday when the deeply concerning blaze occurred.
Flames could be seen from the engine of the Russian Airlines Airbus as they were in-flight from Moscow.
An official statement from their football association read: “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 plane landed a few minutes ago at Rostov on Don Airport, and UNOMIG personnel are now safely heading to their residence.”
Videos uploaded to social media show flames shooting from underneath the wings which can clearly be seen from the on-board windows.
No one was hurt in the incident. The players were then filmed exiting the plane unfazed and they are now on their way to the team hotel in the south of the country.
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