A United Airbus A320-200, performing flight from Fort Myers to Newark (USA), engine shut down in flight.
Aircraft was climbing out of Ft. Myers’ runway when the left hand engine (V2527) emitted a loud bang and streaks of flame prompting the crew to stop the climb at about 13500 feet, shut the engine down and return to Fort Myers for a safe landing about 25 minutes after departure.
The flight was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto later flights.
A passenger reported the left hand engine blew, it sounded like a gunshot. Another passenger called it an engine explosion.