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L.A.-bound flight forced to show back again to Mexico after engine catches fire

A flight from Mexico to LA had to show around and make a crisis landing Tuesday after an engine apparently caught fire minutes after takeoff.

Viva AerobusFlight VB518 had just departed fromGuadalajara around 10 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET) when “minutes later” sparks were seen flying from an engine because of “friction of metals,” the airline said in a statement.

Passengers had seen sparks and flames emitting from the proper engine of the plane, sending some right into a panic, in accordance with a written report from KABC, a television station located in LA that serves because the West Coast flagship of the ABC network. NBC News had not been immediately in a position to concur that reporting.

The flight was forced to show around and landed safely at Guadalajara InternationalAirportaround 10: 45 p.m. (11: 45 p.m. ET), Viva Aerobus said.

The airline said all passengers and crew members up to speed were OK following the emergency landing. It added that the “crew provided timely and professional focus on passengers that so required it.”

Passengers on the flight were accommodated in a hotel and in a position to resume their journey Wednesday, the airline said.

“We profoundly lament the inconveniences that instance may have caused,” the airline said. It added that the reason for the incident had been investigated.

The Federal Aviation Administration didn’t immediately react to a obtain comment.

Chantal Da Silva

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