- Saudi Arabia’s official football team airplane caught fire on Wednesday
- The team were travelling to Rostov to prepare for their second match against Uruguay
- Flames could be seen coming out of the engines of the Russian Airlines plane
The Saudi Arabian football team’s official team airplane caught fire while in flight. The team was travelling to Rostov to prepare for their second match of the tournament on Wednesday. Flames could be seen coming out of the engines of the Russian Airlines plane.
The Saudi Arabian football association released a statement which said: "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 went on to say that the plane had safely landed in Rostov and the team were all safe, accounted for and on their way to their hotel.
Briefly.co.za gathered that a video uploaded to Twitter shows flames shooting out from under the wings.
Midfielder Hatan Bahbir told fans via Twitter that all the players and coaching staff were scared but suffered no injury, he confirmed that players had gotten off the plane without further incident.
Sport24.com reported that Saudi Arabia will play Uruguay on Wednesday, the match will be the second for both teams.
The Green Falcons will be looking to put the 5-0 defeat against host nation, Russia behind them and will at the very least be looking for an improved performance against Luiz Suarez and his men.
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