Saudi Arabia land safely in Rostov-on-Don after plane engine fault

The head of Saudi's sport authority said beIN had exploited sport for political goals in some of the commentary following Saudi's loss to Russia last Thursday. AFP

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They said the fire was "merely an accident" and were quick to clarify that the plane was not owned by the team and was provided to them by the International Air Transport Association.

In their final game of the group, they take on Egypt, who play Russian Federation on Tuesday.

Incredible footage captured by the Saudi team showed flames engulfing the wing as the plane touched down.

The Saudi Arabia squad have touched down safely after a bird caused their plane's engine to catch fire as they travelled across Russian Federation for their second World Cup match.

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The Saudi Football Federation posted videos the playing filmed re-assuring the public that they landed safely and no one was hurt in the incident.

They are expected to struggle again on Wednesday, with Uruguay eyeing up a second win after securing a late 1-0 victory over Morocco in their first game.

"The plane landed a few minutes ago at Rostov on Don Airport, and UNOMIG personnel are now safely heading to their residence".

Russia's Rossiya airline, which was carrying the Saudi Arabia soccer team, said it was investigating the cause of the engine malfunction, adding that a bird had likely entered the engine.

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