A Philippine Airlines Boeing 777 was on route to Manilla on Nov 22 at around midday local time (US) when shortly after take off it experienced an engine blow out.
With 342 passengers and 18 crew on board the safety of everyone was the priority of the flight crew who decided to return back to LAX (Los Angeles) with one of its engines blowing out streaks of fire.
Passengers told local reporters that they heard what sounded like gunfire and could see the flames, and many were very concerned as the aircraft started to vibrate.
An aircraft can suffer many problems during take off or in midair and landing, normally when an engine blows out like that its ingested a bird or what is known as Bird Strike in this case the aircraft is not in danger as it can land safely so long as an airport is close, it is not normal for an engine just to blow out with no cause and so an investogation is underway to establish exactly what went wrong.
All passengers and crew left the aircraft in the normal way and were given hotel vouchers and re booked them all on another flight.
A spokesperson for Philippine Airlines said:
“We confirm that our Philippine Airlines Flight PR113, which took off from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 11:45 am local time (equivalent to 3:45am /MNL time /Nov22) for a flight to Manila, landed safely at LAX after experiencing a technical problem in one of its engines shortly after take-off.
“All 342 passengers and 18 crew members are safe and were able to disembark from the airplane using regular airstairs. We greatly appreciate the calmness and patience of our PR113 passengers, who cooperated well with our cabin crew during the flight and the emergency landing.
“We are extending all necessary assistance and are arranging to rebook them on alternative flights to Manila. In the meantime, our passengers were given meals and hotel accommodation.
“We likewise recognize and appreciate the calm professionalism exhibited by our experienced flight and cabin crew, headed by Captain Triston Simeon and Purser Joanne Marie Dirige, in executing the unscheduled landing and taking care of our passengers.
“The flight involved a Boeing 777 aircraft with registry number RP-C7775. The flight crew elected to turn back to the airport and make a precautionary emergency landing. The aircraft landed at 12 noon local time. We affirm that safety is our top priority and that Philippine Airlines is fully cooperating with the concerned airport and aviation authorities.”