WATCH: Flames Shoot from Cargo Plane After Mid-Air Engine Failure Forces Emergency Landing

A "softball-size hole" was found in the Atlas Air Boeing 747-8 aircraft, which was on its way to Puerto Rico from Miami on Thursday night

  • An Atlas Air Boeing 747-8 was forced to make an emergency landing at Miami International Airport on Thursday after experiencing engine failure

  • A video uploaded to Instagram captured flames shooting out of the cargo plane in the night sky

  • In a post-flight inspection by the Federal Aviation Administration, a “softball size hole” was found above the second engine

An Atlas Air cargo plane was forced to make an emergency landing after an engine failure caused part of the aircraft to burst into flames mid-air.

In a video of the incident captured by a Miami resident, above, flames are seen shooting from the wing of the aircraft as the resident exclaims, “Oh my god, it’s on fire!” The video then shows orange sparks trailing behind the aircraft as it continues to make its descent.

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<p>Melanie Adaros via CNN</p>

Melanie Adaros via CNN

According to a report from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Boeing 747-8 was on its way to Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in Puerto Rico when the failure occurred. The aircraft returned safely to its starting destination at Miami International Airport on Thursday around 10:30 p.m. local time.

The report also states that a “softball size hole” was found above the second engine during a post-flight inspection. An investigation is ongoing, the FAA confirms.

An Atlas Air spokesperson shared in a statement with PEOPLE: “We can confirm that Flight 5Y095, a 747-8 cargo aircraft, has landed safely after experiencing an engine malfunction soon after departure from Miami International Airport (MIA).”

They also confirmed that “the crew followed all standard procedures” and that the airline “will be conducting a thorough inspection” of the ordeal.

Related: Alaska Airlines Passengers Who Survived Mid-Air Door Blow Out Given $1,500 in Compensation

Earlier in January, an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 passenger jet experienced a similarly scary incident when part of the plane’s fuselage blew out mid-air.

While no passengers were injured and the plane safely made its emergency landing at Portland International Airport, the FAA will continue to investigate Boeing and its manufacturing practices, they confirmed in a press release on Wednesday. All 737-9 planes were temporarily grounded after the accident.

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