An international flight was forced to make an emergency landing, after flames were seen spurting an engine.
On Thursday, Philippine Airlines Flight 113 was bound for Manila from Los Angeles when it experienced “a technical problem with one of its engines shortly after take-off”, the airline said in a statement.
The flight crew on board the Boeing 777 then “elected” to turn back to Los Angeles International Airport to make a precautionary emergency landing, arriving at 12:00pm (local time), after departing at 11:45am.
Passenger Adam Taylor, who was travelling with his family, caught the incident on camera from his window seat.
“When I saw the flames … I didn’t really know what to think,” Taylor told NBC News, adding that he thought: “Is this like a car when it backfires or something, or what’s going on here?”
Philippine Airlines advised that all 342 passengers and 18 crew members were safe and were able to disembark from the aircraft using regular air stairs. However, frightening footage has emerged of flames spurting from the right engine of Flight 113, seen from the cabin and from the ground.
Footage from inside Philippine Airlines Flight 113 shared with me from the woman who shot this, she says she started praying and that’s when the plane banked back to LAX. @KFIAM640 pic.twitter.com/NnNC68cgsa
— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) November 21, 2019
— Big Red (@andrewblakeames) November 21, 2019
Philippine Airlines advised that no one had been injured, and that all passengers were being rebooked on alternative flights to Manila.
The airline lauded the “experienced” flight and crew on board the aircraft for executing the unscheduled landing. It added that “safety is our top priority” and that it is fully cooperating with the concerned airport and aviation authorities.
A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesperson told ABC7 an engine had been lost on Flight 113, but the plane landed “without incident”.