READ MOREThe aircraft departed Busan Airport at 13:01 hours local time (04:01 UTC) on a regular flight to Nagoya, Japan.
The flight crew stopped the climb at about FL290 while some 193 km from Busan over the Sea of Japan after the aircraft suffered a failure of the no.1 engine (PW1524G).
The aircraft returned and landed safely back at Busan at 14:00 hours.
Photos from the incident aircraft show damage to all blades of the last Low Pressure Turbine (LPT) stage of the engine. ■