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Boeing plane makes emergency landing at Sea-Tac

The plane dumped fuel over Puget Sound before landing The plane dumped fuel over Puget Sound before landing

SEATAC, Wash. - A twin-engine Boeing 777 returned safely to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport this afternoon after the crew reported flames shooting out of one of the engines shortly after takeoff.

No injuries were reported.

Airport spokeswoman Terri-Ann Betancourt says the flight left Seattle at 2:25 p.m. and carried 179 passengers and crew. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says Asiana Airlines Flight 271 was headed to Seoul, South Korea. He says it turned around soon after takeoff. Witnesses on the ground reported hearing explosions.

Cooper says it was not immediately clear what might have caused the flames. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus says it could have been a backfire.

A corporate spokeswoman for Asiana Airlines in Seoul, South Korea, says the pilot became aware of an engine problem shortly after the plane took off. Hyomin Lee says the pilot dumped fuel before landing six minutes later. She says she didn't know what caused the engine problems.

Lee says 176 passengers and 16 crew members were on board. She says some passengers would be rebooked on another flight Thursday.

The plane dumped fuel over Puget Sound before landing without incident at about 3:30 p.m.

Betancourt says there were no flames and no fire when the plane landed, and taxied to the gate under its own power. Fergus says the FAA will investigate the incident and provide a report to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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