Plane lands at Sydney with hole in engine

Image shows hole in the engine casing of the Airbus A330 plane.

A China Eastern Airlines plane has had to turn back to Sydney airport after a technical failure which left a hole in an engine casing.

Flight MU736 was heading from Sydney, Australia to Shanghai, but the pilot reported problems with the engine about one hour after taking off.

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

The Airbus A330 landed safely and there were no reports of injuries.

Several passengers said they had heard a loud sound coming from the left engine shortly after take-off.

One passenger told Australia’s Seven News network: “All of a sudden we heard this noise… it kind of smelt like burning. I was really scared. Our group was terrified.”

One woman on the flight told reporters: “The cabin crew went out and told us to fasten our seatbelts and tried to calm us down, but we were actually very panicked because we had no idea what was happening.”

Passengers said the crew cleared the seats near the affected engine.

China Eastern Airlines said in a statement to the media that the crew had “observed the abnormal situation of the left engine and decided to return to Sydney airport immediately”.

It added that all passengers would be placed on flights leaving on Monday.

Aviation safety authorities are now investigating.

 

Zainab Sa’id