Aircraft, a Philippine Airlines Boeing 777, landed safely and there were no injuries. Engine problem plane returns to Los Angeles airport
A Boeing 777 from Philippine Airlines of the Philippines had to return to Los Angeles airport in the United States moments after taking off on Thursday. Witnesses caught fire in one of the plane's engines. Nobody got hurt. See the video above.
According to Reuters, the pilots declared emergency when they realized the malfunction. Videos released by US broadcasters show flares coming out of one of the engines – popularly known as "turbines".
The plane was heading to the Philippine capital, Manila, and landed back in Los Angeles at around 12 noon local time. Firefighters remained on site while the aircraft returned, but there was no impact on other flights.
"You could see bursts of flame, small flames coming out of the engine. It looked like a car or motorcycle," said 36-year-old fitness professional Andrew Ames.
Details of the incident are under investigation by US officials – at a time when Boeing is under pressure following the crash of two 737 MAX aircraft and 737 NG aircraft structure failures.