BREAKING Engine of plane carrying Saudi Arabia national football team to Rostov caught fire #FifaWorldCup2018

Right engine of plane carrying the Saudi Arabia national football team suffered technical issue on approach to Rostov.

Flames were seen from the right engine of the Rossiya Airbus A319 (reg. VP-BNB) while the team was en route to Rostov where they take on Uruguay on Wednesday.

The aircraft was initially purchased as new by American airline Frontier Airlines, before being bought by Russian-based Donavia in July 2013. Airline Rossiya have leased the plane since April 2016.

The players were then filmed calmly leaving the stricken jet, which is 12 years old. They are now on their way to the team hotel.

@AhmedMashaly24

“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,” said a statement from the federation’s English-language Twitter feed.

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