Granit Xhaka and the rest of the Switzerland national football team experienced delays at Belfast International Airport on Friday after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing.

Xhaka and his Swiss teammates were forced to wait over an hour – 101 minutes to be precise – at Belfast International Airport on Friday after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing after it experienced technical difficulties.

The Switzerland national team were supposed to be traveling home from their 2018 World Cup play-off against Northern Ireland, which ended 1-0 to the visitors after a controversial penalty decision. It was 15:55 local time but they ended up leaving at gone 17:30.

There were 56 passengers on the flight that had to be landed using just two out of their three wheels but fortunately no one was seriously hurt. Although one passenger was apparently taken to hospital to treat a hand injury.

The Guardian are reporting that the Flybe flight was heading for Inverness after taking off from George Best airport, 21 miles east of Belfast International.

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Photo: Gazeta Express

However, the incident did result in this amusing picture of the Swiss national team just chilling out at the airport looking fed-up.

The second 2018 World Cup play-off will take place in Basel on Sunday.

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