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A plane suffered a major engine failure after taking off in Australia

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A China Eastern Airlines jet en route to Shanghai was forced to return to Sydney, Australia after suffering an engine failure shortly after takeoff. 

The pilot of Flight 736 reported engine issues about an hour after taking off from Sydney, according to the BBC


After the plane landed safely, emergency crews discovered a hole in the aircraft's left engine. 

Several passengers aboard the Airbus A330-200 told the BBC they heard a loud noise coming from the engine shortly after take off. One passenger told Australia's Channel Nine television that the crew started moving everyone out of seats on the left side of the plane.

Rolls-Royce, which manufactures the plane's engine, told CNN in a statement, "We are aware of the incident and will be working closely with relevant partners to understand the cause of the issue." 

This is the second incident of this kind involving a Trent 700 engine, but Rolls-Royce told CNN it is too soon to say whether the incidents are linked. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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