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Plane Lands Safely in Sydney with Hole in Engine Casing

China Eastern Airlines said the crew on Flight 736 noticed damage to the air inlet on the left engine after takeoff Sunday evening and the captain decided to return
By The News · 12 of June 2017 14:45:05
In this image made from video, China Eastern airlines Flight 736 is parked on the tarmac after it landed in Sydney, Australia, Monday, June 12, 2017, In this image made from video, China Eastern airlines Flight 736 is parked on the tarmac after it landed in Sydney, Australia, Monday, June 12, 2017, photo: Australian Broadcasting Corporation, via AP

SYDNEY –€” A plane heading to Shanghai returned safely to Sydney after an in-flight problem left a gaping hole in an engine casing.

China Eastern Airlines said the crew on Flight 736 noticed damage to the air inlet on the left engine after takeoff Sunday evening and the captain decided to return.

The airline said on its Sina Weibo microblog that the plane landed safely and the airline was taking care of passengers’ needs. The Airbus A330 plane has two engines.

In this image made from video, a hole is seen in the engine of China Eastern airlines Flight 736 after it landed in Sydney, Australia, Monday, June 12, 2017. Photo: Australian Broadcasting Corporation, via AP

Passengers told Australian media they heard a massive noise and smelled something burning.

Passenger Ashley Beck told Australia’s Channel Nine television that after the passengers heard the loud noise, the crew started moving everyone from the left side of the plane.

Photos showed a jagged, vertical hole in the side of the casing.