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The plane reportedly turned back and landed safely at the airport with no injuries. What caused the engine to malfunction remains unclear and is still under investigation, but Villaluna said the fire was put out before the plane landed.
PAL spokeswoman Ciello Villaluna told radio station DZMM that one of the Boeing 777's engines started experiencing technical problems and burst into flames two minutes after takeoff, which prompted the plane's captain Tristan Simeon to steer the aircraft back to LAX.
It resulted in some nervous moments for the 342 passengers and 18 crew members on board.
Some passengers on Flight 113 reported hearing what sounded like a auto engine backfiring, according to ABC7, which obtained passenger video of flames shooting from the engine.
Boeing said it was aware of an incident regarding Philippine Airlines and was closely monitoring the situation.
A Philippine Airlines' flight bound for Manila suffered an apparent engine failure on Thursday shortly after takeoff from Los Angeles and made an emergency landing, authorities said.
"All 342 passengers and 18 crew members are safe and were able to disembark from the airplane using regular air stairs", PAL said in a statement.
Passengers on the affected plane are being rebooked on alternative flights to Manila.
According to the company, the flight involved a Boeing 777 aircraft with registry number RP-C7775.
Philippine Airlines said they would be responsible for rebooking and accommodating passengers on-board PAL Flight 112.