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Plane carrying Saudi Arabia's World Cup team bursts into flames, none injured

The Airbus plane was flying from St. Petersburg to the southern city of Rostov-on-Don when its engine caught fire. 

Reported by: AP , Moscow [ Published on: June 19, 2018 16:46 IST ]
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A file image of Saudi Arabia football team.

An engine burst into flames during the landing of a Russian plane carrying the Saudi Arabian soccer team to a World Cup host city, but nobody was hurt, officials said Tuesday.

Russia's federal agency for air traffic said in a statement that the Airbus airplane flying from St. Petersburg to the southern city of Rostov-on-Don landed safely Monday evening and no emergency procedures were required.

The aircraft landed with both of its engines working and the passengers disembarked normally, the agency's statement said. An investigation into the incident has begun.

Rossiya Airlines, the flight's operator, said that the malfunction was likely caused by a bird strike.

"The A319 landed using two engines. The passengers' safety was never compromised," Rossiya said in a statement. "The airplane landed normally, the airport did not declare a state of emergency."

Saudi Arabia plays Uruguay in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday. Russia is hosting the World Cup in 11 cities.

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