- A Hawaiian Airlines plane with only a crew on board landed safely at Sea-Tac International Airport Tuesday night after one of its engines caught fire, officials said.
A SeaTac spokesperson told CBS News that the problem was likely a compressor stall, which is similar to a vehicle backfiring, that occurred after the plane had landed.
It was flying from Everett's Paine Field to Sea-Tac for maintenance.
However, the FAA stated the plane's right engine caught fire and that it "had already been extinguished by the time fire crews arrived at the aircraft".
The spokesman said the incident happened on the ground after the plane landed.
The FAA says it will investigate.
Hawaiian Airlines said the plane (file image) "experienced a left engine issue on final approach" at the airport.
Passengers waiting to board a separate flight at a nearby terminal witnessed the incident, with some recording it on their smartphones.
Hawaiian Airlines took to its Twitter account to update about the incident: "An A330 ferry flight from PAE to SEA experienced a left engine issue on final approach at SEA tonight".
Passengers at the Seattle airport and other social media users reacted to the incident.