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Saudi soccer players land safely after engine fire
    2018-06-20  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

SAUDI ARABIA’S national soccer team landed safely in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on Monday evening, after an apparent engine fire on the plane carrying the players to a World Cup match.

Russia’s aviation watchdog Rosaviatsya said that during the landing there was a brief fire on one of the engines and that it would investigate the incident, Interfax reported. Social and Saudi media footage also appeared to show one of the engines catching fire, but a spokesman for airline Rossiya denied a fire had occurred and said the fault was due to a bird strike.

The team was travelling on a Rossiya Airbus A319 from St. Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don, where they are due to play their second Group A match against Uruguay today.

As it came in to land, the plane “suffered a technical fault with one of its engines, with a bird getting caught seen as the preliminary cause,” a Rossiya airlines spokesman said in a statement.

Reports of a fire in one of the engines were incorrect, the spokesman added.

Videos shared on social media showed an aircraft that posters identified as the Saudi team’s plane with its wing on fire while it was in the air.

The footage was shared by civil aviation monitoring website Airlive.net, which said the fire broke out on the approach to Rostov airport.

The Saudi federation released photographs of the players smiling and looking calm as they boarded a bus for the Mercure Hotel in central Rostov.

“All the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines ... and now they’re heading to their residence safely,” it said in a statement on Twitter.

The team, which is making its first appearance at the World Cup since 2006, suffered the biggest defeat in the tournament so far when the side wass thrashed 5-0 by host Russia in the opening game Thursday. (SD-Agencies)

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