World Bulletin / News Desk
A China Eastern passenger plane has made an emergency landing in Sydney after a huge hole appeared in one of its engine casings and forced it to turn back just after taking off.
Crew cleared seats near the affected engine and turned the flight back. No one aboard the twin-engine Airbus A330 was injured.
China Eastern said the crew found damage in the casing of the air inlet in the left engine.
"The crew... decided to return to Sydney Airport immediately," an airline spokeswoman added in an emailed statement to AFP.
"The returned aircraft is currently under investigation at Sydney Airport."
Images posted on social media showed a large hole ripped in the casing.
An unidentified passenger told broadcaster Channel Seven: "We, like, went up in the air and all of a sudden, I heard like 'z-z-z-z-z' and it was really, really loud. It kind of smelled like burning.
"Oh, I was scared. Yes. I was really scared. Our group was terrified."
Another passenger told Channel Nine that "the wing to my left just started making a massive amount of noise and they cleared all of the seats".
Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Haziran 2017, 10:18