Photo: The aftermath of the Fenerbahce soccer team’s plane following a bird strike. (Photo via @Fenerbahce)
On Wednesday, the plane carrying the Fenerbahce soccer team to their Europa League matchup with Manchester United was struck by a bird and was forced to make an emergency landing.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the plane carrying Fenerbahce players—including former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie—was hit by a bird shortly after takeoff and suffered a crack windshield.
The pilot was forced to call for an emergency landing at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport in Hungary.
“A Borajet 195/200 long range type of aircraft, registration number TC/YAT, made a successful emergency landing here shortly after midday,” Budapest airport spokesman Mihaly Hardy said in a statement. “The Fenerbahce players were on board and are now safely waiting in the terminal building for another aircraft, on which they will continue their journey to England.”
Fenerbahce shared several images of the damaged aircraft on Twitter:
In addition, Fenerbahce defender Roman Neustadter was not swayed by the disruption:
To show its support, Manchester United reached out to Fenerbahce via Twitter: