LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Philippine Airlines jumbo jet has landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport after declaring an emergency because of a possible blown tire.

The Boeing 747 touched down smoothly around 9 p.m. Friday. The pilot initially descended to a low altitude so a police helicopter could inspect the tire’s condition, then pulled up again and circled before landing.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus said the pilot reported that the jet may have had a blown tire upon takeoff from Manila and declared an emergency landing. The aircraft idled on the runway as fire trucks and other ground crews surrounded it.

An airport spokeswoman said 400 passengers and 20 crew members were aboard the plane.

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Comments (95)
  1. Christian Calloway says:

    STOP!!!! THE STORY IS OVER, WE DO NOT NEED TO SEE THE PASSENGERS GET OFF NOR DO WE NEED TO HEAR YOUR ANCHORS SAY “AH: AND UM” EVERY THIRD WORD.. It is such a shame that talented broadcasters are out there and would make your news watchable but you hire these people that can only read from a teleprompter and if they have to ad lib its a “ah’ and “um: fest. Go back and listen. That is so unprofessional. I have the right to say v=because I was the youngest news director in the country at age 16 and I knew better than to say “um” or “ah”.


    1. Anthony says:

      so news is all about bad news? are you alone?

  2. Arod says:

    So was the tire blown or not???

    1. rich says:

      clearly not or ir would have gone off the runway or at least not landed smoothly

  3. joel b. oberio says:

    that’s our philippine airlines pilots… well trained, safety concious and are good pilots

    1. martin says:

      what? i’m a filipino too….. this the first time i witnessed this kind a thrilling situation done by a Philippine airline pilot. But on so many same situation as this, MANY AMERICANS HAD DONE MORE THAN THAT! all caught on video…. Dont be so overly proud, kasi nakakahiya at magpasalamat ka nalang at ligtas mga pasahero….salamat!

      1. chris says:

        @martin : What’s wrong with saying we’re proud of our pilots? Hindi naman sinabing tayo lang ang makakagawa nun…so bakit ka mahihiya? Bakit kailangang negatibo ang tanggap mo?

      2. martin says:

        ang nakakahiya ay yung pagka mababaw natin minsan mag-isip at sabihin “pinoy kasi kaya magaling”…itimbang mo lang naman kasi, kung taga america ka, napanood mo na yan maraming beses at alam mo naman ilang beses na nangyari ang mga ganyang sitwasyon at ganun din naman ang pagka-dala….

      3. RealMcCoy says:

        Ikaw ang nakakahiya!!! lakas ng loob mong sabihin na Pinoy ka..me classic “TALANGKA” mentality ka Brod… mahiya ka sa balat mo!!! Good Job PAL crews…thanks God for the plane’s safe and smooth landing..

      4. RealMcCoy says:

        That’s a reply for Martin’s comment. I hope you’re not a true Pinoy..shame on you!

      5. jonas says:

        Tang ina ka MArtin hayop ka talagang animal ka sana ma kidnap ka diyan sa america gago ka!!

      6. jonas says:

        @Martin = Huwag ka nang umuwi sa pinas hayop kang unggoy ka baka ipapakulam lang kitang hinayupak kang animal kang gago kang kupal ka. Tang ina ka ang yabang yabang mo nakapunta ka lang ng america GAGO ka.

      7. cadz says:

        sana my paraan akong m kilala ka tang ina mong martin ka.. yabang mo.. pag m kilala lang kita at makablik ako ng u.s. tapus ng deployment ko kaw ang susunod kong papatayin at duraan pa kita.. yabang

      8. martin says:

        @Cadz: wala akong masamang sinabi, karapatan ko magsabi ng aking opinyon at yun para sa’yo ang napakababaw para pagbantaan ang aking buhay….bago ka magbanta Cadz, kilalanin mo muna sino ang pagbantaan mo… pwede ko naman sabihin na takot ako, its up to you to believe that and tell me “takot ka pala eh”.. anyways, wala akong nilabag na batas,dito sa pag comment ko dito, at wala akong binantaang buhay.

      9. mark says:

        It’s true filipino pilots are well trained and highly capable because philippines schools are one of the best that’s why many foreigners are choosing to study here not only because it’s cheaper…remember the 9/11 those pilots were trained there sad to say.

      10. drew says:

        grabe naman yan joel is trying to say how our filipino pilots handle situation its not na binbuhat ang bangko … anung nakakahiya sa pag save ng whole airplane?

    2. david kopecki says:

      PAL is probably one of the unsafest airline in Asia, next to China airlines. not to mention their service. Sorry, give me Singapore Airlines!

      1. martin says:

        everybody seems to agree with what you said David… because no ones writing against it. But Yeah, i agree, Singapore Airlines has the best in-flight service.

      2. JM says:

        i strongly disagree. if your talking about unsafest airline in asia, THAT WOULD BE SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDEAST. I RODE gulf-air (bahrain) and Kuwait Airways , they are so far the worst. Qatar air Dubai airlines are the best in Mideast.

      3. ronan says:

        Baseless comment, maybe you only know 3 airlines in asia out of over a hundred countries.

      4. don1829 says:

        have you try Qatar Airways? Qatar Airways are one of the best airlines in the world. 7star airlines.

  4. Kapitan says:

    there were tires that blew off upon take in Manila. the problem was the landing gear wouldnt open up when it reached LAX. you can still land even if you lack a few tires.

  5. 52k says:

    was in this flight. saw 2 the tires blew off to the brim. the pilot kept everyone calm. in fact, i and im guessing all passengers had no idea there was an emergency until relatives text messages (from the philippines) came in saying that we’re on the news.
    thanks be to God for keeping us safe. good job Pr102 pilots! and salute to PAL.

  6. Kristine Enriquez says:

    Thank God PAL landed safely! We salute the PAL pilots for doing their job well!

  7. jayson says:

    hoe can i watch the video without the ads

  8. Ramon Bobby Calicdan says:

    Kudos to the Pilots and Crew…good job

  9. martin says:

    napakababaw para sabihin mga pilipino lang nakakagawa niyan! sabagay, first time mo pa nakakita ng ganyan…..sana makita mo yung Jetblue na ganun din sitwasyon at maraming pang iba, lahat mga amerikano gumawa. Pasalamat nalang at ligtas sila.

    1. cons says:

      @Martin…nagdiriwang lang ang karamihan na pinoy dahil sa issue na ito…at indi mababaw ang tawag duon…..tanggapin mo na lang na mahuhusay talaga ang pinoy na kahit di man pinagkakaloob sa atin ng tadhana ang sapat resources na dapat kailanganin ……….sobra ka atang bilib sa lahi nila…

    2. mark says:

      kung sinasabi mo madami insendente sa american airlines n ganyan eh sayo na mismo nggaling na below standard ang skills nila mgoperate ng airline dahil kung talagang magaling sila hindi mangyayari ng madalas sa kanila yan bago pa man lumipad ang eroplano na check na lahat ng crew. isipin mo mga sinasabi mo.

  10. junee says:

    Glad this thing doesn’t happen often to PAL, good maintenance probably… We’ve been flying with PAL for 15 yrs now. Great landing as usual!

  11. Bernitos says:

    I see a lot of pathetc FIlipinos fighting over this issue. Shallow! This is not the place for you. Go somewhere else.

    1. James Pho says:

      shut your vag, monkey!

    2. James Pho says:

      monkey see, monkey do

    3. James Pho says:

      m0nkey see, m0nkey do

  12. Briana Garris says:

    great landing. but i would still feel safer traveling with a real airline like Singapore or Cathay Pacific

    1. mmb says:

      And what do you think Philippine airline is, not a real one? it’s called a jumbo jet Philippine airlines have been around since 1941 while your Singapore & Cathay Pacific weren’t even around then, it happens with any airlines, last week American airlines had the same problem with their landing gears so did Delta 2 months ago. Australian had the same problems twice in one year last yr. or two yrs ago, Cathay Pacific not long ago had some problem too, Philippines pilot used to fly Cathay & Singapore, that’s probably why you prefer them.

      1. martin says:

        wheewww…. she’s expressing her thoughts..I dont mean any bigotry here,how can you tell there are Filipinos Pilots flying each every aircrafts of Cathay p. and Singapore A.?

    2. Rey says:

      Well,it’s your choice..but don’t insult our nat’l carrier by saying it’s not a real airline?!it’s one of the pioneer in asian commercial airline & obviously one with the best & experienced pilots in it’s class!

  13. cadz says:

    @ martin ang mga taong katulad mo ai tanga.. ang yabang mo.. wag kang umuwi sa pilipinas.. kinakahiya mo ang balat mo.. tanga

    1. martin says:

      sorry sir…. nasa Pinas ako! di ako nagmamayabang kasi di naman ako piloto na para sabihin na magaling ako sa mga pilotong iyan para iligtas ang mga pasahero sa kapahamakan. akin lang, sinasabi niyo kasi na magaling “as in–parang pinoy lang nakakagawa niyan, kaya sinabi ko na mababaw…Maraming beses na rin na nangyari ang iyang mga sitwasyon sa america, kaya–huwag natin sabihin na mga pinoy lang nakakagawa niyan…. dont get me wrong, masaya ako kasi ligtas mga pasahero at hanga ako sa skills ng dalawang piloto….Pero, di lang ako sang-ayun—na sabihin ninyo na dahil sa lahi natin, kaya “ganyan ka-skilled mga pilotong pinoy…yung lang!

    2. martin says:

      isa pa—kung kinakahiya ko pa ang balat ko, eh sana–di na ako lalabas ng bahay! at isa pa, kelangan bang kayumanggi ang kulay ng balat ng isang tao para matawag na Pilipino????? or kelangan ba maging “puti” para matawag ang isang nationality na amerikano? Cadz, come on! dont be a racist…..saan ba ako naging mayabang? wala naman akong sinabing magaling ako sa mga piloto at wala naman akong sinabi na ako’y amerikano…

    3. @Martin Tanga says:

      @martin ang tanga mo nga.. sa mga nabasa ko… hahahaha
      para alam mo.. ang eroplano na lalapag at may 2 blown tires kagaya nung sa pr102.. maraming possibilities na mangyayari.. isipin mo na parang kotse yan na may blown tire.. nag seswerve yan dahil hindi balanse.. kung andun ka sa flight masasabi mo na ang galing talga nung pilot kasi kahit may 2 blown tires yung landing gear niya parang normal pa din ang landin niya… tsaka alam ng lahat ng airlines na magaling talaga ang pinoy na piloto kaya nga nauubos na ang piloto sa pilipinas kasi piina pirate ate hina hire ng ibat ibang malalaking airlines sa buong mundo.. kaya hindi nakaka hiya na sabihin… ang gagaling ng piloto na pinoy.. kahit ang ibang lahii na piloto saludo sa pinoy na pilots.. kaya din ang daming nag aaral na foreign nationals ng piloto sa pinas. ano ka ba!!! ang tanga tanga mo!!! hindi mababaw yung situation ng pr102… kaya nga tinawag na emergency landing kasi delikado….. BOBO!!!!

  14. MannyPac says:

    All PAL flights to the US make a technical stop in Guam. How could the pilot land in Guam if the tire blew upon take-off at NAIA?

    1. martin says:

      they used to stopped at Guam, but they now made changes and now they do the technicall stop in Honolulu, Hawaii..

      1. rich says:

        i recently took a PAL from LAX TO MANILA TO CEBU then back the other way on the way to manila we stoped in hawaii HOWEVER on the way home the trip was from CEBU>MANILA>LAX with no stops in hawaii or anywere else so that is how the pilot would not have had to land it prior to lax. on another note i have flown to the Phil several times and always used CATHEY before this last trip only reason o used PAL this time was it was a rush trip and i could not get a seat on cathey but could on pal. i WILL NEVER fly PAL again for several reasons
        1. they go from LAX TO MANILA only for the destination that i need of CEBU where cathey goes to HONG KONG (A MUCH BETTER LAY OVER SPOT) as manila is a very hard air port to get through for a non pinoy.
        2. PAL seats are FAR SMALLER then they are on CATHEY and i am not a small guy.
        3. if you want water on PAL they have plenty of it but count on it being room temp they did not give ice with water where cathey does
        4. the flight staff on the flight i took was very rude if you were asleep and any part of your arm hung into the isle they would run into it with their carts and not even acknowledge you
        5. the food served on PAL is disgusting tasting where the food on CATHEY is quite good.
        6. the take off and landing for the flight i was on was HORID all 4 planes 2 going into the phil and 2 coming home. the condition of the restrooms on the PAL flight i was on going from lax to manila was DISGUSTING it seemed they had not cleaned them from the flight before us.
        i get the impression my experience was not the norm as many of you seem to sing this air lines praise but im a firm beliver in FIRST IMPRESSIONS and this air line did not make a good one on me so i will stick with CATHEY in the future

      2. Martin Tanga says:

        its not CATHEY. its CATHAY..

        Techstops doesn’t happen to flights from manila to the u.s.. it only happens to flights from the states to p.i…

        Techstops are only needed when the flight is heavy on load like full of pax and cargo.. because the heavier the plane gets.. the fuel consumption rises and a full tank won’t reach manila…

        some flights go direct when its light..

      3. Julius says:

        Pa slang slang pa kasi CATHEY.. wahahahahhahaa…

    2. mmb says:

      they have a direct flights from manila to L A now, you didn’t know that? so no stopping in guam.

      1. mmb says:

        my reply to rich, to each his own.I saw the landing , it was smooth they’re good. Philippine airlines have been flying international Ior over 50 yrs. have never heard any accidents it can happened to any airlines, australian airlines has more accidents than Philippine airlines. iit happens, the main thing is they were able to land the plane safely period.

      2. James Pho says:

        they stop in Guam from LAX to MNL. not all flights do this but some do.

    3. Aiota says:

      Wrong. PR 102 does not stop anywhere enroute to the USA. It’s always a direct flight. Now, from LAX it stops in Guam and that’s PR 103 flight.

  15. Luke says:

    @martin just SHUT the F#@K UP! If you don’t have nice thing to say… keep you mouth shut! @TO all Pinoys who’s been arguing against Martin… its his opinion kaya dont make things any more worst. You can’t argue with a pathetic person.

  16. tsk says:

    wow naman.. pati ba naman to pag aawayan nio pa. mahiya naman kayong lahat. sobrang babaw pinag aawayan ninyo.

    1. Bernitos says:

      exactly. they are showing how barbaric he is. he does not even know whpw tp RESPECT other ppl’s opinions! Uneducated freak he is!

  17. Matthew says:

    Having flown PAL myself, I couldn’t speak of them more highly! Shame on those who seem keen on rubishing them! Service was good planes well maintained and the landings the best I ever experienced! Emirates could learn a few things from PAL! Singapore and Cathay are great but PAL is a good alternative.

  18. PAPA E says:

    Martin!!! you are like morons ..dapat ikaw firing squat sa Luneta o lethal injection.. Shame on you !!! IDIOT.. IDIOT !!

    1. dran07 says:

      give it the rest guys,martin expressed his opinion and no one can take it from him,look christopher lao ang bobong nilusong ang kotse sa baha hehe he expressing his opinion and he should have been informed,.whehehe..

    2. Martin says:

      sabi ko lang, mababaw para sabihin natin na mga PINOY LANG NAKAKAGAWA NG LANDING na ginawa ng mga PILOTO ng PR102… kaya ako sa’yo, magpatingin ka na, sobrang babaw mo na para maging diktador at pumatay ng tao na ayaw ang kanyang sinusulat…..Ampatuan ka siguro..hahhahahha

  19. Mandy says:

    Thanks GOD!!! Kudos for the pilots and crews…
    Keep it up!!! 😉

  20. Miragena says:

    Goodness! So maybe this is the first time it’s been shown on TV. Doesn’t cancel the fact that the pilots did well and we have good ones. No harm in people relishing that after all the bad press recently.

    There was a time when Singapore and Malaysia had a good number of Pinoy pilots in their fleets, when their airlines were young. Now the ratio is different, I’m sure, but we have the right stuff.

  21. ColbertPHL says:

    Funny I am able to understand all the rumblings up there and pretty much looks like Martin is in trouble. I can tell what’s wrong. There’s some negativity in Martin’s mind which caused him “resbaks”. I’m a midlife English man living now in very beautiful Philippines. I see no reason why Martin would make such comment. I think it’s unnecessary. But to add more credit to Philippine Airlines, you have to experience their smooth landings. It’s not like any other. Maybe Martin should try flying PAL some day and uhm maybe start appreciating things the positive way. 😉

    1. mmb says:

      You’re right on. I also saw the landing & it was beautiful. I’m glad you like living in the Philippines. it’s a mix culture, it’s a small version of the US, every nationality are there. I heard they’re building an entertainment resort with casinos like what they have in macau .I hope it’s true. It wll be nice so maybe people will want to fly PAL. the only international airline that flies to Las Vegas. right now. Maybe fiilipinos who live in Vegas will fly to the Philippines, instead help their country.

  22. BJ Velasco says:

    Great job PAL Pilots ! ! ! Thank GOD they’re safe….wag na kayo mag-Away over the issue 🙂 TC All ! ! !

  23. Ex-PAL crewmember says:

    So let me get this straight, a suspected blown tire on take off from Manila right? Then WHY did they continue on with their flight to the US instead of turning back around to the Philippines? It is not a very good decision by anyone, crew or the headquarters. The company doesn’t really care about their passengers at this point, all they care about is the revenue. PAL knows that if they continue on they will make the revenue, but if they turned back around and land in Manila, that’s more money from their pockets. PAL didn’t consider clogging the US airspace, not to mention stopping all traffic when they declare the emergency. A quick check and a slight delay from Manila is better than crash landing in the US with 420 souls on board. They’re lucky this time, but do it again and see what happens. Poor decision by the pilots as Crew Resource Management function, and pressure from headquarters to go on with the flight and risk it all.

    1. eagle525 says:

      Ex-PAL crewmember so you were an ex-PAL crewmember? i supposed you are misinformed about the reason why the flight had to be continued. first of all, the aircraft is so heavy during takeoff because of the 160tons of fuel on it. you have to throw away all those fuel before you go back to manila.second, the procedures on this emergency is to continue to fly on your route to be able to burn the fuel and make the weight lighter for easier landing. third, having these kind of problem, it requires longer and wider runway just in case the brakes will fail…pilots all over the world who flies this aircraft know this…i should know because i was one of the pilot who flew this…got it???

      1. Ex-PAL crewmember says:

        Ooh! He’s one of the pilot that flew this. Ha! B.S.! Still making excuses eh! Fuel dump works every time. It’s just money, forget the environmental impact when you dump fuel. The earth will still be here way after you’re gone(thank God). Like I said, it’s the peer pressure to make that revenue flight that the company risk the people that paid for that flight in the first place. You want to show the procedures that PAL follows? I doubt you will. One of the pilot that flew it, my a$$!

      2. dran07 says:

        eggle 525 their is sarcasm in your comment! i truely believed you are not a PAL pilot that you clained you are? PAL pilots are not act and behaved rudeness and sarcastic opinion like you do, by the way what are piloting about? Remote control plane? Good dude, no one will hurt when its crurhed but instead your own ego…

      3. shei says:

        @dran07 ha? ano sabi mo? pinoy ka ba? magtagalog ka na lang kaya. di maintindihan sinasabi mo!

      4. mmb says:

        wow were you really the one? If you are, you guys did a great job. very smooth landing, I was amazed, like I said before, you’re all pro, I can’t stand people who makes negative comments. the good thing was it landed safely, as for the ex-Pal crewmember, he was clueless. wonder why he’s an ex-crewmeber?

      5. Observer says:

        You really want us to believe that you’re one of the pilot huh. Then explain to me how did you manage to produce some awesome vortex generators on that plane. And is that equipped with one? I know some of the aircraft have that as an option installed. How do you generate it anyway? And where is the kill switch for that kind of generators?

      6. Aiota says:

        If that was the case then you guys must have been worried sick for 16 hours or so having knowledge of the problem and unsure if your plane would land safe. Congratulations for landing safely.

    2. fatherVIC says:

      To CAPT EFREN ENVERGA, CAPT VILLAMOR FERIA, CAPT MARK BANIGUED, CAPT MARK MISA….kudos on your outstanding performances! my entire family are on this flight including those 420 passengers and i really am thankful for what happened! Thanks for bringing them all back safely! Hoping to see you all guys here in LA…let’s us celebrate for your heroism…god bless you!!!

      1. Magsasaka says:

        Galing talaga ng mga pinoys!!! Salamat at mayroon pa rin nagtatagalog sa ating bansa.

  24. BJ Velasco says:

    Great Job!

  25. JCatolico says:

    Good job. I missed using PAL especially when flying to the Philippines and going back to the U.S. I used Delta Airlines in going back to Texas. Using both airlines are safe. PAL are world class comparable to U.S pilots I used Fin-Air, Cathay and China airlines but my favorite are PAL and U.S airlines. Kudos to the crew because nobody was injured.

  26. Melinda Mendoza says:

    Stop arguing, we are filipinos, your arguments will not really give help, be
    thankful and rejoice that all of them in that fleight were safe, the pilots for that
    fleight really deserves to receive good and positive feedback. Try to remember, whatever happens filipinos are filipinos nothing has change, please magkaisa tayo!!!

  27. antimartin says:

    wahahahahahahahahaha! hahahahahahahahaha!

    Cebu Pacific is now the best airline. Mura pa…

  28. dran07 says:

    @shei, I’m your pupil remember? And you are my grade school english teacher,.and you grade me excellent.hehe

  29. mmb says:

    my reply to Dran07….in regards to eagle525, he was just explaining to the ex-PAL crew why they couldn’t turn the plane around. eagle525 sound like he knows what he’s talking about even if he’s not the real pilot who was involved, nothing major happened to the passengers The pilots landed the plane safely like a pro that’s what matters here. End of story.

  30. dran07 says:

    shut up!

    1. mmb says:

      you must be 10 years old sound so immature do your homework instead of posting maybe you’ll be smart & graduate from grammar school

  31. jfox says:

    Martin naka punta ka lng ng amerika prang cno kana mag salita? mag trabaho ka nlng dyan. kaya nga nandyan k dahil mahirap karin tulad namin.

    1. martin says:

      wala naman akong sinabing mayaman ako…hehheheh

  32. Jeffrey Scott says:

    OMG! You little brown monkeys are fighting over this issue?
    What-a-shame… This just show how you pinoys have “makitid ang utak”


  33. jUAN says:

    hayyyy …wag na po kayong magbangayan…pasalamatan natin ang panginoon diyos sa maayus na pag_landing ng aircraft. ang opinyon ko tungkol sa sinasabi nilang best carrier daw kuno, KUNG SASAKAY KA SA MURANG HALAGA, DON’T EXPECT NA MAsarap ANG KAKAININ MO AT MAGANDANG SERBISYO, SUMAKAY KA SA MAHAL ANG PAMASAHE, TIGNAN MO GANDA NA SERBISYO SARAP PA PAGKAIN MO….

  34. Martin says:

    @Martin tanga! alam ko marami sa Pilipinas nag-aaral ng pagka piloto sa pilipinas….pero,mas lubhang marami pa dito sa america! ahahhahaha.. heto pa, ako BOBO? ok… ang comment ko lang naman, ay napakababaw para sa’yo na sabihin na ang PINOY na PILOTO LAMANG NAKAKAGAWA NIYAN tulad sa dalawang piloto ng pr102! yun ang nakakbabaw! hindi ang SITWASYON! OK??? na-intindihan mo ba? or di pa? ako TANGA? look who’s talking….hahahahha.

  35. PAPA E says:

    @ MARTIN!! TAKSIL NG BAYAN!! Your are TRAITOR!! Guilty…Firing squad or lethal injection or bitay .. pumili kana…!!

    1. martin says:

      hahaahahhaha! wow! traydor siguro ako ky Lucio Tan na may-ari ng airline na pangalan ay Philippine Airlines! Si Lucio Tan ay Intsik mula china, pero may filipino passport……..Ok?

  36. Chris Smith says:

    flew Philippine airlines twice to Hongkong before, and I’ve gotta tell you – I’ve never had a smoother landing from any other airline I’ve used. Great pilots, but middling inflight service. Its been 12 years since I last flew with them, so hopefully service has improved. If I visit that part of the world again, I’ll give PAL another shot.

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