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Fenerbahce’s Martin Skrtel celebrates at the end of their UEFA Europa League Group Stage - Group A match against Feyenoord at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, Istanbul, September 29, 2016. —Reuters picFenerbahce’s Martin Skrtel celebrates at the end of their UEFA Europa League Group Stage - Group A match against Feyenoord at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, Istanbul, September 29, 2016. —Reuters picBUDAPEST, Oct 19 — 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 today 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 tomorrow.

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. — AFP

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