Philippine Airlines' Boeing jet reports engine failure

Flight 113 landed safely after the aircraft was seen spewing flames from one its engines shortly after takeoff in Los Angeles.
2:06 | 11/22/19

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The frightening takeoff from los Angeles airport. Flames seen shooting from an engine on the Boeing 777. Inside the plane, a father recording his little girl, seated next to the window. A flash then catching his eye, look at this, pointing out the window and flames seen just under the wing there. The pilot declaring an emergency, turning back to the airport. Fire trucks and scre crews on the tarmac. And ABC's will Carr is at L.A.X. Tonight. Reporter: Tonight, a terrifying moment. This little girl onboard with jet with her family, hears what some passengers initially thought were gunshots. You can see flames shooting out from the engine. We were on the air and it was shooting fire balls. I've never seen that before. Reporter: This father panning over to look out the window of the cabin as the engine misfired. I was watching a movie. I thought it was something from the movie. It was a pop, pop, pop. And the flight started shaking around. Reporter: The scene on the ground stunning people on their way to the airport. There's a heavy 777, they're in emergency with an engine out. Reporter: Philippine airlines flight 113 took off from L.A.X. Heading to Manila this morning. Something's wrong. Reporter: When it declares an emergency, then turned back. Stop for departures. We're going toe have an emergency inbound. Reporter: Video shows flames and smoke trailing from the jet as it made its way to the airport. Passengers said the engine burned on and off for 15 minutes before they safely touched back down on the ground. Firefighters meeting the plane on the runway. The pilot radioed to the tower the plane was suffering a compressor stall. That's when an engine essentially backfires like a car. It's not uncommon, but a harrowing experience for everyone onboard. Shaken passengers taken off the plane and onto the tarmac, left with long lines and few answers. The passengers tell me the pilot only came on once to say there was a technical problem and didn't say anything else while those flames continued to shoot out of that engine for at least 15 minutes. Once they made it here on the ground, they say the airline told them to get their bags, get in line. They describe it as a confusing and frustrating situation. David? Yeah, but some harrowing moments onboard. Will, thank you.

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