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An United Airlines flight was diverted back to Hawaii after flames starting shooting from one of the plane's engines.

Flight UA 132 departed from Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Sunday for Majuro, the capital city of the Marshall Islands, when an issue with one engine forced the aircraft to return less than an hour into the flight.

Passenger footage obtained by local news channel KHON2 shows sparks flaring from the Boeing 737-800. Josh Ley, who recorded the clip, told the left wing "had four and smoke coming back for a few seconds, like two spurs of fire."

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In a statement to USA TODAY, United Airlines confirmed that "pilots worked quickly to address the (engine) issue and land the aircraft safely."

"The aircraft is being taken out of service and customers have been booked on other flights to get to their final destinations as quickly as possible, "United spokeswoman Maddie King added. "We apologize to our customers for this experience."

The flight, which takes five hours to complete, is entirely over open water.

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