Oxygen tank 'caused Qantas hole'

Probe says exploding tank caused hole in fuselage that led to emergency landing.

    The blast ripped a 1.5m hole in the plane's fuselage [AFP]

    The Boeing 747-438 aircraft, carrying 365 people from London to Melbourne, lost cabin pressure and rapidly descended thousands of metres over the South China sea.

    No one was injured in the incident, but questions were raised about the much-lauded safety of Qantas Airways, which has never lost a jet aircraft because of an accident.

    In the weeks after the incident, Qantas planes experienced a number of other problems, including a loss of hydraulic fuel that led to an emergency landing, failure of landing gear and detached panels.

    The problems prompted the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Australia's aviation agency, to launch a review of Qantas Airways' safety standards.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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