Boeing 777 Philippine Airlines engine catches fire


LOS ANGELES – A Boeing 777-300ER from Philippine Airlines – en route from Los Angeles to Manila in the Philippines – returned to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) shortly after take off, when smoke and flames were suddenly coming out from the right engine of the aircraft. The pilot decided to return to LAX immediately to perform an emergency landing. The landing was performed without any problems, the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) reports.

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CBS News report of the incident at LAX. Video: CBS Los Angeles

Philippine Airlines Flight 113 departed from LAX just after 11:00 AM (local time) and landed safely at the airport around noon. Passengers saw flames coming out of the engine and there were unusual vibrations. The passengers however remained relatively calm, although it was quite a frightening situation for people onboard. The pilots did a great job though, by turning the aircraft immediately to fly back to LAX.

After the successful emergency landing, everyone was able to leave the aircraft safely. It’s unclear what could have caused the engine to catch fire.

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Footage of the incident, filmed by a passenger in the cabin and a witness on the ground. Video: Eli&Atarah’s W.O.L

Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines – also known as PAL – is the flag carrier of the Philippines. The airline was founded in 1941 and is the first and oldest commercial airline in Asia operating under its original name. Philippine Airlines serves 31 destinations in the Philippines and 54 overseas destinations in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Middle East, Oceania, North America and Europe. The airline operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft with Airbus A320s, A321s, A321neos, A330s, A350s, and Boeing 777s.

Philippines Airlines B777-3F6ER just after take off at Vancouver International Airport. Photo: Eric Salard CC BY-SA 2.0


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