The Saudi Arabia World Cup squad were left shaken up after seeing their plane’s wing catch fire during a flight in Russia.
The plane was headed to the city of Rostov-on-Don, where Saudi Arabia will play their second Group A clash against Uruguay.
But those on board were alarmed to see flames spout from the wing due to what was termed a “minor technical malfunction”.
طائرة المنتخب السعودي تندلع فيها النيران جهة المحرك اثناء هبوطها في مطار روستوف…
الحمدلله الجميع بخير و عافية 🇸🇦💚 #معاك_يالأخضر 🇸🇦🇸🇦 pic.twitter.com/Dt7UYpLKcA
— معن القويعي 🇸🇦 (@MaanAlquiae) 18 de junio de 2018
Thankfully the problem did not cause major damage to the plane, which made a routine landing in Rostov-on-Don on Monday with no harm caused to the squad.
“The Saudi Arabian Football Federation would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines that has just landed in Rostov-on-Don airport,” the nation’s federation confirmed in a statement shared on Twitter.
“Now they’re heading to their residence safely.”
📄| The Saudi Arabian Football Federation would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines that has just landed in Rostov-on-Don airport, and now they’re heading to their residence safely.
— Saudi National Team (@SaudiNT_EN) 18 de junio de 2018
Saudi Arabia kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 5-0 reverse at the hands of hosts Russia in Thursday’s inaugural match.
Uruguay then await Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men on Wednesday, before they close out their group stage challenge against Egypt.