A China Eastern flight bound for Shanghai was forced to turn back to Sydney because of a mid-air emergency, an airline spokeswoman said on Monday, with pictures showing a gaping hole in the casing of one of its engines.
The plane, an Airbus A330-200 twin jet, landed without incident late on Sunday and there were no injuries, said Kathy Zhang, general manager for the Oceania region at China Eastern Airlines.“The crew observed the abnormal situation of the left engine and decided to return to Sydney airport immediately. All passengers and crew members were landed safely,” she said.
Photographs published by several Australian media outlets showed a large gash well over a meter long in the casing of the left engine.
The Australia Transport Safety Bureau was starting an investigation and an update would normally be available within a month but could come sooner if a “more serious issue” was identified in its early stages, Bob Armstrong, a spokesman for the bureau said.A spokeswoman for Rolls-Royce, which manufactured the plane’s Trent 700 series engines, said in a statement: “We are aware of the incident and will be working closely with our customer and relevant partners to understand the cause of the issue.”
An Airbus spokesman said the company was in contact with Rolls-Royce to determine what occurred, and it would support the investigation into the incident.
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