The last thing you want to see after your airplane has taken off is to look out the window and see the plane’s engine on fire. That was the terrifying scene for passengers of a Philippine Airlines flight.
Video captured the moment Philippine Airlines Flight 113 experienced an engine malfunction. The engine on the Boeing 777 had bursts of fire shooting coming from it shortly after the plane took off from Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday.
The airliner took off from LAX at 11:38 a.m., but the fire streaming from the right engine forced the plane to make an emergency landing only 30 minutes into the flight to Manila, Philippines.
“I could see like flashes of light. I thought it was just from the sunlight,” passenger Walter Baumann said. “And then I started hearing like, ‘boom, boom, boom.’ And then I look out of the window, and there’s balls of fire just shooting out of the engine.”
Passengers captured video of the fire-breathing engine as well as people on the ground at the airport and shared footage on social media.
Thankfully, the pilots were able to make the emergency landing at LAX. All 342 passengers and 18 crew members were safe and uninjured despite the plane blowing out some tires on the rough landing. The passengers disembarked as Philippine Airlines scrambled to find flights for the flyers, but some had to stay in L.A. hotels until the next Manila-bound flight the next day.
“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,” Philippine Airlines said in a statement.
Philippine Airlines said the flaming engine was caused by a “technical issue” in the right engine.
GE Aviation, the company that makes the engine for the Boeing 777, said it was “working with the airline to determine the cause of the event and to promptly return the aircraft to service.”