- Plane carrying Fenerbahce players forced to make emergency landing
- Cockpit window cracked after collision with bird
- Fenerbahce vice president says all players and officials on board safe
(CNN)A plane carrying Fenerbahce football players was forced to make an emergency landing in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday after it collided with a bird causing its cockpit window to crack.
The Turkish side was flying from Istanbul to northern England where it will face Manchester United in its Europa League Group A fixture Thursday.
A series of pictures posted on the club's social media account showed the damage after the plane had safely made it onto the tarmac at Budapest's Liszt Ferenc International Airport with the club's official website stating that it was caused by a mid-air collision with a bird.
Fenerbahce vice president, Ozan Balaban, later told Fenerbahce.org that all the players and officials on board were fine and that team morale remained high despite the unexpected stopover.