Japan Airlines Flight JA15 engine catches fire taking off from Los Angeles Airport

The aircraft landed around 90 minutes later.
The aircraft landed around 90 minutes later. Photo credit: Glenn Beltz

The dramatic moment a commercial passenger plane's engine caught fire moments after take-off from Los Angeles has been caught on camera.

The Japan Airlines Boeing 777-300 had just taken off from LAX en-route to Tokyo Haneda in Japan when streaks of flames began to shoot out the back of the right engine.

The crew of flight JA15 declared an emergency and then spent around an hour burning off fuel to the southwest of Los Angeles.

The aircraft, with registration JA740J, is powered by General Electric GE90 engines and landed safely around 90 minutes after the drama began.

Glenn Beltz was at Los Angeles Airport when the incident happened and caught this dramatic image on camera.

"Well you don't see this every day. Japan Airlines flight 15, a Boeing 777-300ER, had an engine malfunction on departure from LAX on Friday afternoon. It circled around and landed safely back at LAX about 45 minutes later," Beltz tweeted.