Manila-bound Philippine Airways flight makes emergency touchdown in Los Angeles

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(Information) – A Philippine Airways’ flight sure for Manila suffered an obvious engine failure on Thursday shortly after takeoff from Los Angeles and made an emergency touchdown, authorities mentioned.

All 347 passengers and 18 crew aboard flight 113, a Boeing Co 777 widebody, are secure, an airline spokeswoman mentioned.

Pilots of flight 113 declared an emergency and reported a doable engine failure on the 777, Los Angeles Worldwide Airport mentioned. A witness on the bottom described “bursts of flames” popping out of an engine.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration mentioned the aircraft returned and landed with out incident. Tv station ABC-7 in Los Angeles aired video of the aircraft after takeoff that confirmed flames and smoke popping out of the correct engine.

The aircraft landed round 12 p.m. native time (2000 GMT) and was met by the Los Angeles Hearth Division, the airport mentioned. There was no affect on different flights.

Whereas the reason for the obvious engine failure was not instantly clear, it comes as Boeing faces intense scrutiny over twin lethal crashes involving its 737 MAX single-aisle jetliner. The 737 MAX has been grounded worldwide since March.

Boeing and Common Electrical, which makes the GE90 engine for the 777 twin-aisle jetliner, didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

“You noticed bursts of flames, little flames taking pictures out from the engine,” mentioned Andrew Ames, a 36-year-old health skilled in Los Angeles, who watched because the 777 ascended over the ocean after takeoff. “It nearly regarded like backfire flames from a motorbike or automotive.”

“I had by no means seen a aircraft spew flames repeatedly. Then it stopped. As quickly because it stopped, I noticed the aircraft financial institution left, prefer it was heading again to airport,” Ames mentioned.

The Philippine Airways spokeswoman mentioned the flight crew observed smoke within the aircraft’s second engine and declared an emergency touchdown and returned safely to the airport.

“All passengers are secure and sound,” spokeswoman Cielo Villaluna mentioned. “They’re all being assisted to a different flight.”

Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington, extra reporting by Martin Petty in Manila; modifying by Jonathan Oatis, Rosalba O’Brien and Himani Sarkar