Fiery Engine Problem Forces Flight to Return to Dallas

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- It was a frightening moment for the 130 passengers and six crew members on board an American Airlines flight Wednesday night.

American Airlines Flight 438, an Airbus A321, had just departed from Dallas-Fort Worth en route to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport when flames were seen shooting out of the back of the engine, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

One passenger, who wishes to remain unnamed, shot a video from inside the plane showing emergency crews waiting on the tarmac. The plane made a hard landing, but all passengers and crew members are safe.

American Airlines spokesperson Ross Feinstein said the plane had a mechanical issue, more specifically the compressor within the engine.

The FAA echoed that explanation, saying an engine problem caused "compressor stalls." Compressor stalls are similar to an engine backfiring.

An Airbus A321 can perform safely with only a single working engine.

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