Shortly after the takeoff from Los Angeles, a Philippine Airlines flight bound for Manila suffered an apparent engine failure on Friday (PHL time) and made an emergency landing.
Flight 113 pilots declared an emergency and reported on the Boeing Co 777 a potential engine failure, said Los Angeles International Airport. A witness described “flames explosions” coming out of an engine on the surface.
A statement from PAL said the aircraft transported 342 passengers and 18 members of the crew.
The aircraft is a Boeing 777, one of the most modern aircraft of PAL, according to Villaluna.
Villaluna said the incident is now being investigated by authorities.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft returned without incident and landed. After takeoff, television station ABC-7 in Los Angeles aired the aircraft’s video showing flames and smoke from the right engine.
The aircraft landed at about 12 p.m. Local time (2000 GMT) and fire department meeting in Los Angeles, the airport said. Many flights have not had an impact.
Boeing and General Electric, making the GE90 engine for the twin-aisle jetliner 777, did not respond to requests for comments immediately. The cause of the apparent malfunction of the engine was not immediately apparent.
Although the cause of the apparent engine failure was not immediately apparent, Boeing faces intense scrutiny over twin deadly crashes involving its single-aisle 737 MAX jetliner. Since March, the 737 MAX has been grounded around the world.
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