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Engine problem forces plane back

A Malaysia Airlines flight to London has been forced to return to Kuala Lumpur after one of its engines began experiencing trouble shortly after take-off.

The airline said the captain of the Boeing 747-400 plane carrying 351 passengers and 21 crew decided to turn back in the interest of passenger safety following a technical defect on one of the plane's four engines.

It said in a statement that the aircraft landed safely two hours later and was grounded upon arrival. Passengers were put on another plane to London eight hours later.

A spokesman said the airline is still investigating the source of the problem.

The plane uses US-made Pratt & Whitney engines.

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