Saudi Soccer Team Safe After Rossiya Plane Engine Fire Incident

Saudi Soccer Team Safe After Rossiya Plane Engine Fire Incident

Saudi Arabia’s national soccer team plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Monday after suffering a ‘technical failure’.

Saudi Arabia, who fell to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Russia on the opening day of the World Cup, were on their way to Rostov to prepare for their second Group A match when the incident occurred.

Reports in Saudi Arabia allege that aircraft’s wing went on fire as they approached Rostov-on-Don Airport, but a statement on the official Saudi Arabia Twitter account downplayed the severity of the unpleasant incident.

The statement read: “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.”

The Green Falcons will face Uruguay on Wednesday at the Rostov Arena and then finish the group stages with a game against Egypt on June 25 in Volgograd.

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