Clipboard sucked into engine of Jetstar plane

Jetstar, Auckland
A ground handler left a clipboard on the lip of the engine. Photo credit: File

A Jetstar A320 aircraft was forced to return to Auckland Airport, after a clipboard was left on the plane's engine cowl by a ground handler.

Flight JQ 202 took off from Auckland, bound for Sydney, on Saturday morning, when a small amount of debris could be seen coming out of the back of an engine.

The pilots returned to Auckland as a precaution and carried out a normal landing.

"An inspection of the engine showed some minor repairs were required," a Jetstar spokesman said. 

"The repairs were completed by our engineering team and the aircraft returned to service on Saturday afternoon.

"We have commenced a full investigation and are working with our supplier to understand how this happened."

No one was injured in the incident.