Photo by John Schreiber.

Passengers forced to return to LAX when on of the engines on the Boeing 777 taking them to Manila caught fire were being assisted by Philippine Airlines Friday morning in getting to their destination.

“We are extending all necessary assistance and are arranging to rebook them on alternative flights to Manila,” the airline said in a statement. “In the meantime, our passengers were given meals and hotel accommodation.”

A total of 342 passengers and 18 crew members were on Flight 113 when it took off from LAX about 11:45 a.m. Thursday and experienced “a technical problem in one of its engines shortly after take-off,” the statement said.

The trouble was with the right engine, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. No further details of the problem were disclosed.

Air traffic control transcripts showed the pilot declared a “mayday,” indicating he considered the emergency life-threatening.

Some passengers reported hearing what sounded like a car engine backfiring, according to ABC7.

The plane was carrying a full load of fuel when it landed at LAX just before noon, causing its tires to blow out upon touchdown, but everyone aboard was able to safely exit the plane.

“We greatly appreciate the calmness and patience of our PR113 passengers, who cooperated well with our cabin crew during the flight and the emergency landing,” the airline said. “We likewise recognize and appreciate the calm professionalism exhibited by our experienced flight and cabin crew … in executing the unscheduled landing and taking care of our passengers.”

No injuries were reported.

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