A Philippine Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Los Angeles to Manila had to turn back and proceed to an emergency landing after suffering an engine failure.

The Boeing 777-300ER, registered RP-C7775, was carrying out flight PR113 from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), United States, to Manila International Airport (MNL), in the Philippines. Shortly after takeoff, passengers witnessed loud bangs and flames coming out of the engine #2 of the aircraft, in what appeared to be compressor stalls.

The flight crew declared an emergency and was authorized to land back on runway 25L. With no prior fuel burning, the aircraft landed safely roughly 12 minutes after departure and was met by a fire crew. No injuries were reported among the 342 passengers and 18 crew members on board, who were able to disembark from the airplane using regular airstairs. Airport operations have not been disrupted.

“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,” said Philippine Airlines in a statement, adding that the airline is “fully cooperating with the concerned airport and aviation authorities.” 

The Boeing 777 is powered by two GE90-115B engines. The engine manufacturer GE Aviation told the Associated Press it was aware of the incident and was “working with the airline to determine the cause of the event and to promptly return the aircraft to service.”

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