Plane lands safely in Sydney with hole in engine casing

China Eastern flight from Sydney to Shanghai has been forced to turn around after an engine failure

A China Eastern flight from Sydney to Shanghai was forced to turn around soon after take-off after a huge hole was ripped in the casing of one of its engines.

A gapping hole on the external cover of the Airbus A330.

Firefighters were called to the tarmac to assist the pilots when the plane returned to Sydney.

The plane landed safely and no passengers were injured.

Photographs published by several Australian media outlets showed a large gash well over a metre long in the casing of the plane's left engine.

"The engine for the aircraft is a big issue so we need to investigate with the governments, with the Rolls Royce company and with our headquarters as well", she said.

The Shanghai-based airline said it had arrangements for the passengers.




China Eastern said crew members on flight MU736 spotted the damage after take-off and made a decision to return to Sydney Airport, Chinese media reported.

"Engine number one fooked" can be heard twice in the audio. "I'm glad we're all safe", a passenger said.

Aviation expert Professor Jason Middleton, from the University of New South Wales Aviation School, has described the incident as "a very rare event". "It appears to be on engine one which is the left engine".

China Eastern said all passengers would be placed on flights departing Australia on Monday.

Damage on the engine casing. I was really scared.

Passengers, who had to spend the night in Sydney, told media they smelled burning inside the aircraft.

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