Saudi Arabia's plane lands with wing on fire

Hirving Lozano of Mexico in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium

The side were travelling to Rostov where they play Uruguay on Wednesday.

The team posted photos of the players exiting the plane and smiling Monday night but did not release further details of the engine problem, which appeared to result in part of the plane catching on fire.

Flight operator Rossiya Airline blamed a bird strike for sparking the fire, but insisted that "nothing threatened the safety of the passengers" and that the landing "took place in routine fashion".

A video on the social media account of Saudi local paper Al Yaum showed flames issuing from under the plane's starboard wing against the dark backdrop of the sky, with the wing glowing bright orange.

The Saudi team was seen calmly leaving the plane on its way to the team hotel in Rostov.

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

"The Saudi Football Federation wishes to report that the national team's plane, which suffered a technical malfunction, is not affiliated with Saudi Arabian Airlines".

They are hoping to redeem themselves after a humiliating 5-0 loss to hosts Russian Federation last Thursday.



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