Football: Fenerbahce plane make Budapest emergency landing ahead of United clash

Fenerbahce players celebrate a goal during their UEFA Europa League football match against Feyenoord in Istanbul on Sept 29, 2016.
Fenerbahce players celebrate a goal during their UEFA Europa League football match against Feyenoord in Istanbul on Sept 29, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Budapest (AFP) - A plane carrying Turkish football club Fenerbahce to play a Europa League game against Manchester United was forced to make an emergency stop in Budapest on Wednesday due to a ruptured windscreen.

"A Borajet 195/200 long range type of aircraft, registration number TC/YAT, made a successful emergency landing here shortly after midday," Budapest airport's spokesman Mihaly Hardy told AFP.

"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 are scheduled to play a Europa League Group A match at Manchester United on Thursday.

The plane reported "loss of cabin pressure due to a ruptured windscreen" after an unknown object hit it, Hardy said.

"It happens once every few months, it's inconvenient but not a drama."

The club added in a statement from Istanbul that a bird had hit the cockpit window.