A flight headed for Los Angeles catches fire (VIDEO)

An engine malfunction forced an airplane departing from Mexico to make an emergency landing and turn around.



A Viva Aerobus flight from Guadalajara, Mexico, to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing after experiencing engine trouble.


Around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, passengers on an Airbus A320 plane reported hearing a loud boom shortly after takeoff, followed by the sight of sparks and flames shooting from the right engine. The crew was informed about the fire by the scared passengers, and the pilots immediately made a U-turn and safely returned to Guadalajara.


Bright sparks can be seen flying out of the engine in video footage of the incident as the jet flies low over what appears to be a densely populated area. Both the 186 passengers and the crew were unharmed. According to reports, there was panic on board as a result of the engine fire, and people cried, screamed, and prayed.


According to information from Flightware.com, Viva Aerobus, a low-cost airline that calls itself "the greenest airline in Mexico," used an Airbus A320 for the journey on Tuesday. After taking off, the plane returned to Guadalajara's Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport roughly an hour later. Usually, the entire flight to Los Angeles International Airport lasts two hours and forty minutes.


In order to accommodate the passengers who weren't able to make it to their destination on Tuesday night, the airline provided an additional trip to Los Angeles on Wednesday morning.


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