Boeing plane engine bursts into flames during takeoff

Boeing plane engine bursts into flames during takeoff

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A Boeing 747 was forced to turn around after flames were spotted shooting from the engine during takeoff.

Frightening footage shows a streak of flames coming from the engine just as the Garuda Indonesia flight, carrying 468 passengers, took off.

The plane took off from Makassar, Indonesia, bound for Medina in Saudi Arabia.

The Boeing 747-400 aircraft had 18 crew members and 450 passengers, many of whom were due to take part in the Hajj annual pilgrimage in Mecca.

The aircraft immediately returned to the airport after ‘fire was observed in one of the engines’, a Garuda Indonesia spokesperson said.

The plane returned to the Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport around 5.15pm on May 15, with no injuries on board.

Flames were visible as it took off from the tarmac (Picture: Jam Press)

Garuda Indonesia president, Irfan Setiaputra said in a statement: ‘The captain discovered that one of the engines was on fire and immediately decided that further inspection was necessary to determine whether the engine was faulty.

‘The decision was made immediately after the aircraft took off.’

The airline said they provided accommodation for the affected passengers, with some travellers taking alternative flights to Saudi Arabia later in the day.

The plane was grounded at the airport while safety inspections were carried out.

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Another Boeing jet was filmed with similar flames ‘bursting’ from the engine while taking off from Miami in January.

The Boeing 747-8 cargo jet appeared to suffer an engine fire, forcing it to make an emergency landing.

Bosses blamed a ‘malfunction’ for the incident and said the crew ‘followed all standard procedures’.

The fault was addressed in time for the plane to resume its journey to Puerto Rico later that evening.

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