Plane catches fire midair with World Cup team onboard.

The official team plane for the Saudi Arabian World Cup Football team had to make an emergency landing after catching fire.

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Alarming pictures show large flames shooting out of the 12 year old jets engines. The aircraft, an Airbus A319-111, was bound for Rostov Airport where the team are due to play Uruguay on Wednesday.


A statement from Rossiya claimed that the preliminary cause of malfunction was a bird flying into the engine – but both were working on landing at Rostov-on-Don.



An official statement read from the 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”.

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Let’s hope that this traumatic flight gives the players what they need to make up for the previous 5-0 loss they received from Russia.





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