The Saudi Arabian team lands at the Rostov-on-Don airport Image: Twitter
The plane carrying Saudi Arabia's World Cup team suffered a fire in one of its engines as the players flew to Rostov-on-Don for their next match, the Saudi football federation said in a statement.
The aircraft landed safely and one of the Saudi players called the incident a “simple malfunction”.
“It was a small fire in one of the engines, the right engine, but the plane landed safely,” association president Ahmad Al Harbi told Saudi sports TV channel KSA.
In a video posted on the federation’s Twitter account, Saudi player Hatan Bahbir says, “We arrived safely and we are all fine... it was a simple malfunction.”
In the video, someone off-camera asks him if he was scared. He replies: “No, no. Well, of course, we were scared a bit, but thank God.”
The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said in a statement that it “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 team was flying to Rostov-on-Don for its second match against Uruguay on Wednesday, after being thrashed 5-0 by Russia in the opening game of the tournament.
(With inputs from PTI)