Terrified Passengers Look On In Horror As Flames Burst From Plane's Wing
A commercial flight was forced to turn back just an hour into its journey after fire and smoke began billowing from one of the aircraft's wings.
Terrifying footage taken by passengers onboard the Philippine Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Manila, capital of the Philippines, shows horrified travellers staring out of the window as flames erupt from the plane's wing.
After being alerted to the problem, pilots turned the plane around and made their way back to Los Angeles International Airport. Luckily, no one was injured as a result of the malfunction and the plane landed safely on Thursday, 21 November.
One passenger shared a video capturing his little daughter Maui's reaction to the plane taking off, when he noticed flashes of flames coming from an engine outside their window.
In the video, he says: "Never seen that before. Oh my God. It's blowing fire out of there. I've never seen that before. That doesn't sound good. It doesn't look good."
In a statement from Philippine Airlines, the firm said the aircraft had suffered a 'technical problem in one of its engines shortly after take-off' which resulted in flames spewing from the right wing.
It read: "We confirm that our Philippine Airlines Flight PR113, which took off from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 11:45 am local time (equivalent to 3:45am /MNL time /Nov 22) for a flight to Manila, landed safely at LAX after experiencing a technical problem in one of its engines shortly after take-off.
"All 342 passengers and 18 crew members are safe and were able to disembark from the airplane using regular airstairs. 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.
"We are extending all necessary assistance and are arranging to rebook them on alternative flights to Manila. In the meantime, our passengers were given meals and hotel accommodation.
"We likewise recognise and appreciate the calm professionalism exhibited by our experienced flight and cabin crew, headed by Captain Triston Simeon and Purser Joanne Marie Dirige, in executing the unscheduled landing and taking care of our passengers."
The airline added: "The flight crew elected to turn back to the airport and make a precautionary emergency landing. The aircraft landed at 12 noon local time. We affirm that safety is our top priority and that Philippine Airlines is fully cooperating with the concerned airport and aviation authorities."
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