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Pilot spots flames coming out of engine before Boeing 737 takes off in Tampa

Nobody was hurt during the incident.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file photo, United Airlines commercial jets sit at a gate at Terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. United Airlines is canceling another month’s worth of flights with Boeing 737 Max planes that were grounded after two deadly accidents. United said Friday, May 24, 2019, it has removed the Max from its schedule through Aug. 3 and will cancel about 2,400 flights in June and July as a result. It had previously canceled all Max flights through early July. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

TAMPA, Fla. — An airplane had to taxi back to the gate this morning after another pilot said flames began coming out of one of its engines.

United Airlines Flight 588 was scheduled to fly from Tampa to Chicago. The Boeing 737 was lined up with other jets, waiting to take off, when a pilot behind the plane radioed the control tower to report seeing flames in the left engine.

Flight 588 pulled out of line and returned to the gate at Tampa International Airport. Firefighters responded but didn't find a fire.

The passengers were put on another aircraft to Chicago. United maintenance crews are inspecting the plane.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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