Passengers tell of 'terrifying' scare on Qantas flight
Passengers on a Qantas jumbo jet bound for Melbourne told how the plane plunged 6,000 meters and debris flew through the cabin in an "absolutely terrifying" mid-flight ordeal Friday.
The Qantas Boeing 747 plane, carrying 346 passengers and 19 crew, made an emergency landing in the Philippine capital Manila after a rupture in its fuselage.
The passengers and crew remained calm as the plane descended, realizing the true extent of their ordeal only when they have deplaned and saw the rupture on the plane's belly.
Angel Atutubo, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) emergency services and security chief, said the plane landed safely at the Ninoy Aquinao International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA 1) at 11:20 a.m.
Manila airport operations officer Ding Lima told local radio the “hole in its belly” caused the aircraft to lose cabin pressure shortly after leaving Hong Kong. "There is a big hole in the belly of the aircraft near the right wing about three meters in diameter," he said.