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Lion Air Boeing Plane Returns to Jakarta After Engine Issue

A plane operated by Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air returned to Jakarta airport shortly after takeoff on Wednesday because of engine problems, with unverified photos on social media appearing to show one of the turbines on fire

The pilots of the Boeing Co. 737-800 jet experienced “unusual performance” on one of the engine components when the plane -- which had 169 passengers and six crew on board -- reached 3,000 feet, Lion Air said in an emailed statement. The incident occurred shortly after the jet took off from Jakarta at 5:13 p.m. local time.