11 Nov '12, 11pm
'Bang and flash' engine trouble forces Emirates A380 plane to turn back to Sydney
SYDNEY (AFP) - An engine problem has forced an Emirates A380 superjumbo to turn back to Sydney, the airline said on Monday, with passengers hearing a loud bang and seeing a flash of orange. The pilot of the Dubai-bound Airbus plane carrying 380 passengers made the decision to turn back shortly after take-off on Sunday night. "Emirates flight EK413 from Sydney to Dubai on November 11 turned back shortly after take-off due to an engine fault," the carrier said in a statement. "Emirates apologises for any inconvenience caused to its customers, however the safety of our passengers and crew is of the highest priority and will not be compromised." Fairfax journalist Matt Campbell was on the plane and told the Sydney Morning Herald the aircraft was still climbing.