Date
28 June 2017
A gaping hole on one of the engines forced a China Eastern flight bound for Shanghai to return to Sydney shortly after take-off. Weibo, Twitter
A gaping hole on one of the engines forced a China Eastern flight bound for Shanghai to return to Sydney shortly after take-off. Weibo, Twitter

China Eastern flight returns to Sydney after engine problem

A China Eastern Airlines A330-200 plane returned to Sydney airport on Sunday due to a torn casing on one of its engines, which was discovered shortly after take-off for Shanghai.

The Chinese airline confirmed the incident in a statement late Sunday night after it was revealed online, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

It said the aircraft landed without incident with all passengers safe.

According to Chinatimes.com, the MU736 flight departed Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday local time and was scheduled to arrive in Shanghai at 5 a.m. the next day.

However, soon after it was airborne, crew members allegedly saw the left engine casing was broken and notified the chief pilot, who “decisively” made the decision to return, the airline said.

A check after the plane landed found a crack in the casing of the aircraft’s left engine.

China Eastern said an investigation was launched while the passengers were set to take another flight bound for Shanghai on Monday, according to People’s Daily.

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