2018 FIFA Saudi Football Team’s Close Shave With Death

A Screen grab from the video posted on twitter - Sakshi Post

The Saudi National football team had a close shave with death on Monday evening, after the plane in which they were travelling caught fire. 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 on Wednesday. "As the plane was landing, it suffered a technical snag with one of its engines. A bird getting stuck ie being seen as the preliminary cause for the mishap," a Rossiya airlines spokesman said in a statement. However, no injuries were reported.

The Saudi federation in a statement on Twitter said, "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."

A video, believed to be that of the averted mishap has caught the social media by storm in which flames are seen coming out of the plane's wing against the backdrop of the dark sky.

Here is the video posted on twitter


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