Tragedy was averted on Monday as Saudi Arabia’s official team plane caught fire in mid air, as they travelled to their next 2018 World Cup match.
Flames were seen from the engine, as the Russian Airlines Airbus was enroute to Rostov.
“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,” An official statement read.
Saudi Arabia were defeated 5-0 in the opening match of the tournament.
They play Uruguay in their next fixture on Thursday.
Scary stuff: The engines of the plane ✈️ carrying the Saudi Arabia team caught fire while landing and the Asian side arrived safely at their hotel in Rostov-on-Do, according to the Saudi FA.
— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) June 18, 2018