The captain of a plane about to fly to Hong Kong from Shanghai aborted the flight just before take-off because of damage to one of its engines. No one was injured in the incident. The Dragonair Airbus A330 was carrying 218 passengers and 13 crew when the incident occurred on Thursday morning, the airline said. The carrier said that in light of the damage, the captain decided to return the plane to its bay. At no time did the incident pose a danger to those on board, it said. The aircraft had been about to take off at 9.41am, but returned to its bay at 10.05am. Another Dragonair plane was arranged to fly the passengers to Hong Kong on Thursday afternoon. The carrier said the engine would be replaced in Shanghai before the aircraft returned to the skies. Flight KA871 normally departs from Shanghai's Pudong International Airport at 8.20am every day and arrives in Hong Kong at 11am, according to flight schedules on the Dragonair website. Dragonair said it had launched a joint investigation with the aircraft and engine manufacturers to determine the cause of the incident and that it would take any necessary follow-up action. The company said routine inspections of its aircraft were carried out.