A plane carrying passengers has made an emergency landing after flames appeared to shoot from its engine mid-flight over Brisbane.
Bright flashes lit up the night sky and concerned residents below on Friday.
Amber Windle feared the worst after she was drawn outside her Hillcrest home by the noise.
“It sounded like it was going to explode, it was so loud,” she said.
“As it got closer I could tell that it was coming out of the plane, so I thought it was missiles because we’re so close to the army barracks as well.”
The plane had 48 people on board, as the plane’s engine stalled and choked.
The aircraft landed safely at Brisbane International Airport and passengers were unharmed.
All other international and domestic flights were delayed from landing until the tarmac was declared safe.
In a statement, Nauru Airlines said “a compressor stall can involve the appearance of sparks or flames because of the disruption to airflow through the engine, but that there is no safety risk to those on board.”
The aircraft has been retired to a hangar, where it will be inspected by the airlines engineers before it will be allowed to take off again.