Saudi Arabia's Plane for World Cup Catches Fire in Mid-Air After 'Malfunction'

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2018

Saudi Arabia's players take part in a training session in Saint Petersburg on June 16, 2018, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia's World Cup team plane caught fire in mid-air on its way to Rostov, Russia, where the side will face Uruguay on Wednesday. 

Mirror Football shared this image, showing flames underneath one of the wings:

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BREAKING: Saudi Arabia #WorldCup team plane catches fire in mid air - before landing in Rostov https://t.co/c5F6xrsQ9L https://t.co/KAi8158Ydt

As reported by the Mirror's Andrew Gilpin, the Saudi football federation released a statement to ensure fans everyone was safe: "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. The plane landed a few minutes ago at Rostov on Don Airport, and UNOMIG personnel are now safely heading to their residence."

The Green Falcons flew into Rostov from Moscow, where they lost their opening match 5-0 against hosts Russia. That puts them in a must-win situation against Uruguay, favourites in Group A. They'll face Egypt in their final group-stage match on Monday, June 25.