Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi and his Middlesbrough teammates reportedly escaped a plane crash after a faulty Middlesbrough plane was grounded before take-off.
Mikel and the other Middlesbrough players were at risk, as the club had to call off their flight home from Newport County as the plane was grounded due to engine failure.
If not for the timely intervention by the safety personnel, Mikel Obi along with his teammates could have suffered a mishap while on air which could have cost the lives of players and officials of Middlesbrough.
The officials of the English Championship club called off a flight that would have taken the squad for their next league fixture.
The team boarded the bus to Middlesbrough by road, meaning the team did not return until 7 am, with the players having to sleep on the way home.
The news comes at a time when the football world is still in shock over the passing away for Argentina and Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala who was confirmed dead days after his flight crashed.