Flames sparked intermittently from an engine on a Philippines-bound passenger jet as it took off from Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday morning, causing a few tense minutes for passengers until it landed safely back at the airport.
"I'm sure you saw, but the engine on that traffic ahead and to your left had some flames coming out of it, so we are getting you out of the way of it", the controller said, according to LiveATC.net, an independent website that records and plays communications between pilots and towers at many airports.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane returned and landed without incident.
In a statement, Philippine Airlines said the flaming engine was caused by a "technical issue" in one of the engines.
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Video shows the moment the engine of a Philippine Airlines Boeing 777 caught fire soon after takeoff from LAX on Thursday, forcing the plane into an emergency landing.
A total of 342 passengers and 18 crew members were onboard the flight when it caught alight.
Boeing said it was aware of an incident regarding Philippine Airlines and was closely monitoring the situation.
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"I had never seen a plane spew flames repeatedly".
PAL Flight 113 departed from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 11:45am Pacific Standard Time (3:12am in Manila), carrying 347 passengers and 18 crew members. "In the meantime, our passengers were given meals and hotel accommodations".
Philippine Airlines said they would be responsible for rebooking and accommodating passengers on-board PAL Flight 112.
The Boeing 777 is powered by two GE90-115B engines.
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