Emirates A330 turns back with mechanical engine failure

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Rolls-Royce has confirmed that an Emirates Airbus A330 turned back to Lusaka, Zambia with an engine failure on 21 October, and that it is "working with [its] customer" to establish what happened.

The aircraft (A6-EAP), which was in the cruise about 30min into its flight to Dubai, landed safely at Lusaka, where passengers told local press that there were holes in the left engine cowling.

The aircraft is fitted with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 series engines. The manufacturer tells Flightglobal it expects to be able to provide more technical detail in the next 24h.