China Eastern flight bound for Shanghai had to return to Sydney after about an hour in the air after one engine failed
A China Eastern flight from Sydney to Shanghai has been forced to turn around after engine failing caused a mid-air emergency.
The moment that we took off the wing to my left simply started making a massive sum of noise and they cleared all the seats, a passenger told the Nine Network.
Images prove a huge hole in the engine casing of the Airbus A3 30 which was forced to circle for an hour before touching down safely.
Flight MU7 36 left Sydney bound for Shanghai at 8.30 pm on Sunday evening but pilots reported problems about an hour into the journey. It returned to Sydney where it landed safely and passengers were evacuated with no injuries.
We went up in the air and all of a sudden … it kind of smelled like burning, another passenger told Network Seven.
With the majority of proclamations on board constructed in Chinese, English-speaking passengers said they were struggling to find out any details.
I was frightened. Yes. I was really scared. Our group was scared, the passenger told Seven.
The flight was a code-share with Qantas, but the airline declined to comment on the language obstacle or any other facet of the incident until it had established how many passengers had booked with Qantas. China Eastern airlines has also been contacted for comment.
Passengers were put up in hotels at Sydney Airport and were expected to depart for Shanghai later on Monday morning. Despite the havoc, passengers praised airline personnel for their professionalism.
Several other flights out of Sydney were cancelled on Monday morning before thick fog that blanketed the city cleared after sunrise.
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