Saudi Arabia World Cup Plane Catches Fire; Watch Scary Mid-Air Video

Heather Diaz
June 19, 2018

Association president Ahmad Al Harbi told Saudi sports TV channel KSA: "It was a small fire in one of the engines, the right engine, but the plane landed safely".

Cape Town - Saudi Arabia's official football team plane caught fire in mid-air as they travelled to their next World Cup match on Wednesday.

A statement from the federation's English-language Twitter feed confirmed the incident, in which no one was injured.

According to The Guardian, Rossiya, the airline responsible for the airline, claimed the preliminary cause of malfunction was a bird flying into the engine.

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An unnamed passenger took footage out of the window of the Russian jet, with flames clearly seen coming out from the wing. "The aircraft's landing took place in a routine fashion", supposedly with both engines still intact and operating normally.

Uruguay then await Juan Antonio Pizzi's men on Wednesday, before they close out their group stage challenge against Egypt.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation issued a statement after the incident saying everyone was safely on the ground. "Well, of course we were scared a bit, but thank God".

Saudi Arabia was drawn into Group A and lost its World Cup opener 5-0 to host nation Russian Federation.

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