Worries about the safety of Chinese airlines continue to grow after a Shanghai-bound China Eastern flight was forced to turn back to Sydney on Sunday night after the crew noticed a giant hole in the plane’s engine.
Images of the Airbus A330 have gone viral online, showing that a sizable chunk of the left engine casing was somehow ripped off.
Crew members spotted the damage about a hour after take-off and decided to turn back around to Sydney, leading to this conversation with ground control:
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And this flight path:
Passengers on board the plane said that they heard a loud sound coming from the left engine shortly after take-off and smelled something burning inside the aircraft.
“All of a sudden we heard this noise… it kind of smelt like burning,” one passenger told Australia’s Seven News network. “I was really scared. Our group was terrified.”
Fortunately, none of the passengers were hurt. China Eastern is currently investigating the incident.
Just last week, an Air China flight narrowly missed a mountain after taking off from Hong Kong. Earlier this year, a China Eastern flight from London to Shanghai made an unexpected stop in Siberia due to engine failure.
[Images via hk01.com]
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