LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A Philippine Airlines flight was forced to return to Los Angeles International Airport after an engine caught fire Thursday.
Flight 113 departed for Manila just after 11 a.m. and landed safely around noon after the aircraft was seen spewing flames from one its engines shortly after takeoff due to a mechanical issue, a LAX spokesperson told CBSLA.
There was no active fire or flames visible upon landing, officials said.
“As soon as it lifted off the ground, we heard four large bangs,” said one passenger. “The right side, interior side engine blew up and was on fire.”
Some of the 347 passengers began screaming, while others started crying.
Video footage of the malfunction was captured on social media, with one Twitter user asking, “Is a plane suppose (sic) to spew flames?”
— Big Red (@andrewblakeames) November 21, 2019
Delta Airlines for Philippines here at LAX!!! Happy they landed safely after this!!! pic.twitter.com/jjvNkWsMgZ
— Victoria Atkins (@toriatkins) November 21, 2019
Passengers were being transferred to another flight, officials said, but no serious injuries were reported.
There was no immediate response to a request for comment from Philippine Airlines.