Rest in peacešŸ˜­: Twenty died as Arsenal female first team plane crashed today after match

Rest in peacešŸ˜­: Twenty died as Arsenal female first team plane crashed today after match

 

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PLANE TERROR Arsenal team plane bursts into flames on runway as pilot forced to abandon take off after terrifying engine blaze

Henry Holloway

 

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A PLANE carrying the Arsenal women’s team burst into flames on a flight back to London after a Champions League match

 

Photos show flames shooting from one of the Boeing 737’s engines on the runway at Braunschweig Wolfsburg Airport in Germany.

 

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Photo shows the moment the Boeing 737’s engine caught fire during takeoff

Photo shows the moment the Boeing 737’s engine caught fire during takeoffCredit: Gabriela Hansen / BILD

Firefighters scramble to the aircraft after the engine inferno

Firefighters scramble to the aircraft after the engine infernoCredit: Gabriela Hansen / BILD

Arsenal pose for a photo before the game against VfL Wolfsburg

Arsenal pose for a photo before the game against VfL WolfsburgCredit: Getty

 

Arsenal star Kim Little arrives at Wolfsburg Airport on April 22 before the Champions League tieCredit: Getty

The 7.30pm flight was due to take off just a few hours after Arsenal secured a 2-2 draw against VfL Wolfsburg in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

 

Witnesses say the plane – reportedly from a Maltese airline – was rocked by a loud bang just before it was about to take off last night.

 

Horrified pilots saw the blaze and quickly stopped the plane on the tarmac and evacuated the passengers.

 

An airport spokesman told German newspaper Bild a bird strike had caused the engine fire.

 

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The airport official added that nobody was hurt

 

The players and Arsenal staff were put up in a nearby hotel overnight and flown back to London earlier today on a replacement plane.

 

The airport is jointly owned by the car manufacturer Volkswagen Group which is based in Wolfsburg.

 

The company uses the airfield as the home base for their own airline fleet operated under the Volkswagen Air Services brand.

 

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Arsenal managed to claw back a 2-2 draw over Wolfsburg after conceding twice in the first 25 minutes.

 

It sets up a key clash for the Gunners next Monday as they play the second leg at home at the Emirates Stadium in London.

 

They could be propelled into the Women’s Champions League Final against either London rivals Chelsea or Spanish giants Barcelona.

 

Barcelona hold a 1-0 aggregate lead over Chelsea after beating them on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

 

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The Blues travel to Camp Nou on Thursday to settle the tie.

 

Arsenal last won the competition in 2007 – when it was known as the Uefa Women’s Cup.

 

That win is the last time an English club claimed victory in the tournament’s 22-year history.

 

Barcelona won the title in 2021, but French side Lyon are the competition’s masters – having won the trophy eight times since 2011.

 

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Olympique however crashed out of these year’s competition in the quarters final as they were beaten on penalties by Chelsea.

 

A spokesman for Arsenal said: “Our aircraft developed a technical issue prior to take-off in Germany on Sunday evening.

 

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“As a result, we remained in Wolfsburg overnight on Sunday before flying back to England on Monday afternoon.

 

“We would like to thank the staff onboard the aircraft and on the ground at the airport for their assistance.”

 

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Stina Blackstenius celebrates with teammates after scoring the teamā€™s second goalCredit: Getty

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