The Saudi Arabian national football team had a narrow escape on Wednesday.
The inflight team was on their way to the following World Cup match when the freak accident occurred.
Flames arose from the engine of the airplane in which the team was purportedly travelling.
However, no one was hurt in the incident, a release by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation stated.
📄| 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.
— Saudi National Team (@SaudiNT_EN) June 18, 2018
The Russian Airlines Airbus apparently caught fire mid- air after a bird flew into its engine.
Videos uploaded to Twitter provided footage of fire shooting from the engine, which however did not result in any casualties. The players were also seen to be calm as they exited the plane.
Very frightening. Saudi Arabia’s plane catches fire en route from Moscow to Rostov-on-Don. Team now safely at hotel pic.twitter.com/w2dTB2uFer
— Oliver Brown (@oliverbrown_tel) June 18, 2018