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World Cup: Fire guts Saudi Arabia team’s plane


A plane carrying the Saudi Arabia national team at the World Cup in Russia was forced to land at Rostov-on-Don airport after a mid-air fire, reports say.

Flames were seen from the engine as the Russian Airlines Airbus was en route to Rostov where they take on Uruguay on Wednesday.

A statement from the Saudi Football Federation said no-one was hurt after a ‘minor technical malfunction’.

“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 one of the engines.

“The plane landed a few minutes ago at Rostov on Don Airport, and UNOMIG personnel are now safely heading to their residence.”


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