China Eastern plane returns to Sydney following engine incident

An Airbus A330 operated by China Eastern Airlines has been forced to make an unscheduled landing in Australia after a technical failure left a hole in an engine casing. 

The pilot noticed the problem an hour into the flight from Sydney to Shanghai, subsequently returning to Australia.

No injuries were reported after the plane landed safely.

Passengers on board flight MU736 were forced to spend the night in Sydney before resuming their journey.

China Eastern said all passengers would be placed on new flights on Monday.

A statement from the airline added that crew had “observed the abnormal situation of the left engine and decided to return to Sydney airport immediately”.

Aviation safety authorities are now investigating.