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PAL 777 diverts after flames shoot from engine

A Philippine Airlines Boeing 777-300ER returned to Los Angeles after experiencing a "technical problem," in which its right engine appeared to spew flames.

The aircraft, registered RP-C7775, was bound for Manila, when the incident took place shortly after take-off.

Philippine Airlines says one of the engines suffered “a technical problem”, but did not elaborate further. Social media images and videos — some from passengers aboard the aircraft — showed bursts of flames beneath the wing, apparently from the right General Electric GE90 engine.

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“The flight crew elected to turn back to the airport and make a precautionary emergency landing,” the carrier adds.

The 777 was carrying 342 passengers and 18 crew members. According to Philippine Airlines, no one was injured from the incident.

Cirium fleets data shows that RP-C7775 was delivered to the airline in 2012, and has flown more than 33,000 flight hours.

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