Saudi Arabia's official team plane catches fire in mid air


Saudi Arabia's World Cup team plane caught fire in mid-air on its way to Rostov, Russia, where the side will face Uruguay on Wednesday.

An unnamed passenger took footage out the window of Russian Airlines Airbus jet, with flames clearly seen coming out from the wing.

Flight operator Rossiya Airline blamed a bird strike for sparking the fire, but insisted that "nothing threatened the safety of the passengers" and that the landing "took place in routine fashion".

"It was a small fire in one of the engines, the right engine, but the plane landed safely", association president Ahmad Al Harbi told Saudi sports TV channel KSA.

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

They next take on Uruguay after a chastening 5-0 loss to hosts Russian Federation last Thursday - their second heaviest defeat at the World Cup.

"The whole delegation is well", midfielder Hattan Bahebri said in a video shared on the team's official Twitter page. "Well, of course we were scared a bit, but thank God".