A passenger plane en route from London to Melbourne
has made an emergency landing in the Philippines after suffering cabin
Qantas Airways said its Boeing 747-400, with 346 passengers and
19 crew, diverted to Manila shortly after leaving Hong Kong and landed
Airport Authority spokesman Octavio Lina said there was a "big hole in the right side near the wing".
Full story at the BBC.
My wings are like a shield of steel.
A close up from aftenposten.no
Another image on that link confirms the reg as VH-OJK
Video footage from within the aircraft from an Aussie website!
AirSpace - more than just hot air
ATSB press release with some parts in bold text by me-
The ATSB was advised on Friday 25 July of a serious occurrence involving a Qantas aircraft.
The aircraft, a Boeing 747-400 was operating a scheduled passenger
service from Hong Kong to Melbourne Australia. At approximately 29,000
feet, the crew were forced to conduct an emergency descent after a
section of the fuselage separated and resulted in a rapid decompression
of the cabin. The crew descended the aircraft to 10,000 feet in
accordance with established procedures and diverted the aircraft to
Manila where a safe landing was carried out. The aircraft taxied to the
terminal unassisted, where the passengers and crew disembarked. There
were no reported injuries.
The ATSB is leading this safety investigation with the assistance of
a number of other organisations and agencies, including the Civil
Aviation Authority of the Philippines, The National Transportation
Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration of the USA, the
Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia and Qantas and Boeing.
The ongoing investigation has confirmed that there is one
unaccounted for oxygen cylinder from the bank of cylinders that are
located in the area of the breech. There are 13 oxygen cylinders in the
bank that are responsible for supplying oxygen to the passenger masks
and cabin crew.
Also recovered are a number of parts of components including part of
a valve in the vicinity of the breech. However, it is yet to be
determined whether these components are part of the aircraft system.
A number of passengers have reported that some of the oxygen masks
appeared not to function correctly when they deployed from the overhead
modules. The ATSB intends to examine the oxygen system including the
More from the ATSB -
The ATSB can confirm that it appears that part of an oxygen cylinder and valve
entered the passenger cabin and impacted the number 2 right door frame handle,
thereby moving the handle part way towards the open position. However, the
door handle mechanism has been sheared as it is designed to do if an attempt
is made to open the door in flight, so the position of the door handle is not
representative of the position of the door lock mechanism or the security of
the door. The investigation team have confirmed that the door latches were
still engaged. Additionally the door is of the plug-type that first needs to
be pulled into the cabin, rotated 90 degrees then pushed out to open. So there
was never any danger of the door opening.
From the ATSB preliminary report -
After clearing the baggage and cargo from the forward aircraft hold, it was evident that one
passenger oxygen cylinder (number-4 from a bank of seven cylinders along the right side of the
cargo hold) had sustained a sudden failure and forceful discharge of its pressurised contents into
the aircraft hold, rupturing the fuselage in the vicinity of the wing-fuselage leading edge fairing.
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 panelling, before falling to the cabin floor and
exiting the aircraft through the ruptured fuselage.
If you download the PDF it also contains several images taken from inside the hold that I've not seen before.