Philippine Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Los Angeles airport due to engine problem

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 22) — A Philippine Airlines (PAL) plane was forced to return to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) after one of its engines encountered a "technical problem" on Friday (Philippine time).

In a statement, PAL confirmed Flight PR113 — departing from LAX to Manila, Philippines — experienced the problem shortly after takeoff.

Philippines' flag carrier said there were no reported injuries, assuring all 342 passengers and 18 crew members on board the Boeing 777 aircraft were able to safely disembark in LAX.

"It cannot be denied that they were alarmed by what they saw, but the pilot safely landed the aircraft. In fact, based on the report of the captain, the passengers burst into applause upon landing," PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna told CNN Philippines.

Geri Camahort Lamata, a passenger on board the flight, said loud bangs could be heard as soon as they took off.

"The plane jolted with every loud bang. Next thing we knew, a FA [flight attendant] from behind ran to the front to talk to the purser and that's when I definitely knew something was wrong. It stopped shortly after and the pilots right away announced that we had engine problems but that everything was under control and then they landed the plane safely," she told CNN Philippines via social media.

On her Facebook page, she shared a video of one of her co-passengers. In the video, flames can be seen spewing near the wing.

Other passengers also shared their harrowing experience and complaints.

Villaluna said the airline assisted all affected passengers with their rebooking and hotel accomodations.

PAL said there will be an investigation into what caused the reported black smoke emitted by the engine. Villaluna said the plane will be grounded for the next three days pending the probe.

The spokesperson said they are treating the emergency landing as an isolated incident.

"We will look at the history and the maintenance aspect with regards to the aircraft. We take this as an isolated incident because this has not happened (before)," Villaluna said.