Video: Close call for plane in Seattle and NBC News
updated 4/29/2009 7:24:50 PM ET 2009-04-29T23:24:50

An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 made a safe emergency landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday, following reports that flames shot out of one of the jet's engines.

KING-TV video showed black smoke trailing from behind the plane as it circled the airport for several minutes prior to landing. The aircraft appeared to be dumping fuel.

Michael Trowell of Federal Way reported hearing “boom, boom, boom” and then seeing flames intermittently sputtering from one of the engines.

"It came over my house," Trowell told KING-TV. "It was very low and my wife called me outside, and as I looked out I saw the plane pass overhead. There was flames shooting out of the left engine, bursts of flame, not a constant stream, and then small explosions."

Asiana Airlines Flight 271 left Sea-Tac Airport at 2:25 p.m., bound for Seoul, South Korea with 179 passengers on board.

Sea-Tac airport spokesman Perry Cooper said it's unclear what might have caused the flames.

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