A China Eastern flight out of Sydney had to turn back after a chunk fell off one of its engines

A China Eastern flight from Sydney to Shanghai was forced to turn around soon after take-off after a huge hole was ripped in the casing of one of its engines.

Flight MU736 departed Sydney shortly after 8.30pm local time on Sunday night and flew for around an hour before the problem emerged.

According to a report on Nine News, passengers were cleared from the area around the left wing. One passenger reported hearing a “massive noise” soon after take-off.

Photos of the aircraft on the ground show a large hole in one of the engine inlets.

The plane landed safely and passengers were expected to be taking another flight today. Here’s another photo of the left engine:

A recording of communication with the tower captured the crew explaining their No.1 engine problem and asking to maintain their current heading.

Official China news agency Xinhua said China Airlines staff had noticed the damage and that the captain “decisively” made the decision to return.

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