China Eastern flight lands safely in Sydney with hole torn in engine

Jun 12, 2017, 09:35
China Eastern flight lands safely in Sydney with hole torn in engine

A spokeswoman for Sydney Airport said the flight MU736 left Sydney at 8:30pm on Sunday night.

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

Images showed a vertical hole in the side of the engine.

China Eastern Airlines has been contacted for comment.

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The flight MU736, from Sydney to Shanghai, had to turn back when a massive hole was ripped in part of its left engine.

"The crew observed the abnormal situation of the left engine and made a decision to return to Sydney airport immediately", the general manager of China Eastern Airlines Oceania region Kathy Zhang told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Aviation website flight.org posted audio of the pilot telling an air traffic controller: "engine number one f***ed".

A blanket of fog in Sydney has also been causing chaos for planes landing and taking off from the airport.

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"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.

Aviation expert Professor Jason Middleton, from the University of New South Wales Aviation School, has described the incident as "a very rare event".

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.

"Looks like the engine casing or cowling has ripped off, forward of the fan - the main initial compressor blade - it's ripped clean off". Oh, I was scared. Yes. "Our group was terrified", one unidentified passenger told Seven News.

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'I was scared. Yes, I was really scared.

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