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Why Did The Women’s Arsenal Team Plane Catch Fire Hours After The Champions League Game?

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The plane carrying the Arsenal women’s team caught fire during their return trip to London after their first-leg Champions League semi-final in Wolfsburg. This incident occurred after the Gunners secured a 2-2 draw against the reigning champions of Fraun-Bundesliga, VfL Wolfsburg, at the Volkswagen Stadium on Sunday.

How Did The Place Catch Fire?

Just a few hours following the show, some alarming pictures emerged from the location depicting flames bursting out of the engine of the Boeing 737 while the team was aboard the plane on the runway of Braunschweig Wolfsburg Airport in Germany.

According to the German daily BILD, the Maltese airline plane made a loud noise before takeoff on Sunday. After the pilots pulled up the jet, passengers were promptly evacuated. According to an airport spokeswoman to BILD, a bird collided with one of the engines to start the fire. The airport representative further stated that nobody was wounded in the event.

(L-R) Wolfsburg’s German forward Jule Brand, Arsenal’s Irish striker Katie McCabe and Arsenal’s Swiss midfielder Lia Walti vie for the ball during the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-final first-leg match between VFL Wolfsburg and Arsenal in Wolfsburg, northern Germany, on April 23, 2023. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann / AFP) (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

Will Arsenal Qualify For the Champions League Finals?

Even though Jonas Eidevall’s team lost star players Kim Little and Leah Williamson in the weeks before their European match, their performance was firm.

The first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Wolfsburg and Arsenal ended in a 2-2 draw in Germany, setting up an exciting second leg on May 1. Jónsdóttir took advantage of Arsenal’s weakness in the back by setting up Ewa Pajor for the first goal and then scoring the second herself.

Wolfsburg flew into a 2-0 lead in the first 25 minutes, and the match appeared to be over. However, Arsenal rallied and is still alive for the game that will be played at the Emirates. Before halftime and with 20 minutes remaining, Rafaelle and Blackstenius scored the decisive goals to change the course of the game.

The WSL team will now fancy their prospects of reaching a first European final since 2007 with the tie level as the Gunners return to north London.

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