Plane scare rocks Saudi team as aircraft catches fire

Amateur footage has captured the frightening moment Saudi Arabia’s World Cup team plane caught fire during a flight in Russia.

Saudi Arabia arrived safely in Rostov-on-Don for their second World Cup fixture despite a “technical failure” with the team’s aircraft, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation has said.

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Social media videos appeared to show one of the engines of Saudi Arabia’s plane on fire.

Amateur footage captured flames coming out of the plane carrying Saudi Arabia’s players. Pic: Twitter/KSA

But in a statement released via Twitter, the national governing body confirmed nobody was hurt in the incident.

“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,” a statement said.


The incident came ahead of Saudi Arabia’s match with Uruguay. Pic: Getty

After losing their first Group A game 5-0 against hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia take on Uruguay on Thursday morning (AEST) in their second World Cup fixture.

With Omnisport