I was flying from PHX
yesterday on UA
. While sitting on the taxiway for takeoff clearance I was watching a stream of departures from Rwy 27R. I was observing an AA
MD80 taxiing toward the runway when all of a sudden a gush of flame spurted out from one of its engines. It was only for a brief moment but it startled the heck out of me. I was very tempted to press the FA
call button and have this reported to the tower... but decided against it since I have seen such pictures on A.net before. I closely watched that flight take off, and believe me, I was praying until it vanished from sight.
My question is, how common is this phenomenon? What causes it, and is it dangerous? Should I have called a FA
and asked her to have our pilot inform the tower or the other a/c? For the record, it was around 4:30 PM
yesterday and the temp in PHX
was probably around 95 degrees F.