Qantas Boeing Emergency Landing Due To Hole On The Plane’s Body

A passenger plane en route from London to Melbourne has made an emergency landing in the Philippines after a large hole appeared in its fuselage.

Qantas Airways said its Boeing 747-400, with 346 passengers and 19 crew, diverted to Manila shortly after leaving Hong Kong and landed safely.

Engineers are investigating what caused the hole – about 2.5m to 3m in diameter – that led to cabin pressure problems.

Raed full article on BBC Online.

By Szafi


3 Responses to “Qantas Boeing Emergency Landing Due To Hole On The Plane’s Body”

  1. 1 balint01 July 28, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    ATWNews (28JUL2008):
    “A missing oxygen cylinder from the rear of the forward cargo compartment has emerged as the prime focus for investigators of a decompression incident involving a Qantas 747-400 (VH-OJK) operating as QF30 from Hong Kong to Melbourne with 365 passengers and crew Friday.

    The 747-400’s most recent check was a C check conducted in Australia in March. Corrosion was discovered but not in the area of the explosion and was repaired. The last D check was done in 2004 in Sydney. The aircraft was delivered to Qantas in 1991 and had completed 78,474 hr. and 10,300 cycles.”

  2. 2 balint01 September 1, 2008 at 9:43 am

    From ATW Online:
    Australian Transport Safety Bureau released a preliminary report on its investigation of last month’s Qantas 747-400 decompression and fuselage hole incident, saying it is “evident that one passenger oxygen cylinder had sustained a sudden failure and forceful discharge of its pressurized contents into the [forward] aircraft hold, rupturing the fuselage in the vicinity of the wing-fuselage leading edge fairing.” It added, “The cylinder had been propelled upward by the force of the discharge, puncturing the cabin floor and entering the cabin adjacent to the second main cabin door. The cylinder had subsequently impacted the door frame, door handle and overhead paneling, before falling to the cabin floor and exiting the aircraft through the ruptured fuselage.” ATSB said the aircraft made an “uneventful visual approach and landing” at Manila, to which it had been diverted, and that safety did not appear to be compromised despite the cylinder explosion.

    QF CEO Geoff Dixon said the airline completed an inspection of the oxygen systems across its 747-400 fleet on Aug. 1, “which confirmed there were no safety issues.” He also said the 747-400 that landed in Manila with a hole in its fuselage “was repairable at a cost of less than A$10 million ($8.6 million) and will be back in service in November 2008.”

  3. 3 Ben Jenner September 21, 2008 at 7:09 am

    I am an 11 year old boy and all i have to say was that i was on the QF30 Qantas plane that had a mystery hole in the baggage area!

    Being my first international flight,i was starting to get worried of some people who were telling me things like “Your plane is going to crash!”

    After people saying that i didn’t listen but what happened…i almost died.
    I don’t blame Qantas for faulty planes seeing as they have a clean record…maybe it was bad luck!

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