An Australian Jumbo Jet had to make an emergency landing in the Philippines after a section of the fuselage blew out at an altitude of nearly 9,000 metres.
Shortly after leaving Hong Kong bound for Melbourne, passengers on Qantas Airways flight QF30 heard a loud bang, and the plane plummeted almost 6,000 metres.
All 346 passengers and 19 crew emerged in Manila safe, if a little shaken.
“We were confused and no-one really knew what was going on,” one passenger said. “But the staff were not panicking and they were looking after us and everything looked like it was going to be OK. We dropped a bit in the air, but after that it was fine.”
Another added: “We hadn’t realised there was a hole in the plane so we got down on the ground and had a look afterwards. That was pretty scary. We were obviously shaken up in the flight when there was a big bang and the masks dropped but it seemed that they had it all under control.”
After the blow-out, the jet’s emergency oxygen masks were deployed, but there was no panic in the cabin.
Passengers on the flight, which had originated in London, burst into applause once the pilot had brought them safely down.