Saudi football team safe after plane engine catches fire at World Cup


The plane carrying Saudi Arabia's 2018 FIFA World Cup team caught fire Monday night near Rostov, Russia, and was forced to make an emergency landing at the city's airport, according to multiple media outlets.

But those on board were alarmed to see flames spout from the wing due to what was termed a "minor technical malfunction".

No injuries were sustained during the incident, which occurred at Russian Airlines Airbus 1319-100.

"Nothing threatened the safety of the passengers".

It is understood the plane is 12-years-old and players filmed themselves calmly leaving the aircraft after their ordeal.

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Thankfully, no-one was injured, and the team landed and made it off the plane safely.

"The whole delegation is well", midfielder Hattan Bahebri said in a video shared on the team's official Twitter page.

Saudi Arabia are making their first World Cup appearance since 2006 and are the second-lowest ranked team at the tournament behind hosts Russian Federation, who they lost 5-0 to in their opening match in Moscow on Thursday.

"Of course, we were a bit frightened, but thank God", he added, laughing.