Passengers post harrowing videos of fiery engine surge as plane returns safely to LAX
Above, a video posted by a passenger on a Philippine Airlines flight that headed out of LAX and then headed right back in again.
Passengers and people on the ground videotaped repeated blasts of flame coming from the right engine of the Boeing 777 minutes after takeoff.
“I could see, like, flashes of light. I thought it was … just from the sunlight and then I just started hearing, like ‘boom, boom, boom,’” passenger Walter Baumann told KABC-TV. “And then I look out of the window and these balls of fire are just shooting out of the engine.”
Andrew Ames was a passenger in a car speeding down a freeway near the airport when he got a video of the plane.
“The back was spewing fire bolts,” he said. “It looked like when you see a backfire from a motorcycle. Then I thought, ‘I don’t think a plane is supposed to do that.’”