• PAL plane lands safely after engine catches fire

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    One of the engines of a Philippine Airlines (PAL) plane caught fire on Friday, and the plane had to make an emergency landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

    Airport authorities called out fire and rescue crew after pilots of Flight PR437 reported to control tower that flames had burst out from the Airbus A320’s Number Two engine.

    The aircraft was flying to Manila from Nagoya, Japan, with 154 passengers, including three infants and eight crew, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said.

    The plane was on its final approach, and was 8,000 feet at about 15 nautical miles east of Manila when Capt. Mercurion Fernandez and First Officer Ryan Surla declared an emergency at 1:20 p.m.
    CAAP said the pilots made a “controlled shutdown” of the engine and was flying on just one engine.

    The plane landed safely.

    CAAP sent its accident investigation team to find out why the engine caught fire.

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