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2nd Qantas emergency
Updated: 01:17, Tuesday July 29, 2008
A Qantas jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Adelaide airport last night after a door opened during a flight to Melbourne.
The incident came just three days after a hole was blasted in the fuselage of a Qantas 747 during an international flight to Melbourne, forcing it to land in Manila.
The Melbourne-bound Boeing 737-800 departed Adelaide at 6.08pm yesterday and returned 37 minutes later, the Herald Sun newspaper reported today.
Passengers said a door had opened and caused 'chaos' in the cabin.
But Qantas sources said a door had not closed properly over a wheel bay and the aircraft turned back near Murray Bridge, south-east of Adelaide.
The jet remained in Adelaide while passengers were transferred to another flight.
The incident follows the naming of Jetstar boss Alan Joyce yesterday as the new chief executive of parent company Qantas.
Qantas Defends Handling of Accident
By TIM JOHNSTON / Published: July 29, 2008
SYDNEY ó Qantas Airways officials said Monday that an air safety directive issued by the United States Federal Aviation Authority with a warning about how oxygen cylinders were attached to Boeing 747 aircraft did not apply to the plane that was forced to make an emergency landing last week with a hole in its fuselage.
The chief executive of Qantas, Geoff Dixon, said at a news conference Monday that he believed the airline had done all it could both before and during the incident on Friday.
"We donít know and we canít speculate on what did happen to this aircraft but obviously thereís every chance it has something to do with the aircraft and its something that may well have been out of our control," he said. "More than likely it was, but the things that were in our control we handled very, very well." Investigators are focusing on the possibility that a problem with an oxygen cylinder located in the forward cargo area ended up causing a six-foot hole to be torn from part of the planeís fuselage on Friday. None of the 365 passengers and crew members on Flight QF30, which was en route from Hong Kong to Melbourne, was injured.
An oxygen cylinder is missing from the plane. But Monday, investigators in Manila said a valve and other fragments had been found that will be tested to see if they came from the cylinder.
Media reports here said the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the F.A.A. had ordered airline operators, including Qantas, to inspect and replace the brackets that held the oxygen canisters in place. The F.A.A. directive became effective on May 7.
However, both Qantas and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority say that the directive only applied to a limited number of aircraft, and that the damaged plane was not among them.
Passengers reported hearing a loud bang before the cabin lost pressure.
At the time, the plane was flying at an altitude of 29,000 feet. The pilots brought the plane down to 10,000 feet and turned it toward Manila. Only after landing did any of them see the hole, which was just below and in front of where the starboard wing joined the fuselage.
Investigators say that the fact that the floor of the passenger cabin above the hole was pushed up indicated that some kind of explosion was involved, but added that it may take some time to determine what may have caused it.
Among the first to examine the plane were security agencies, and investigators said they had uncovered no evidence that terrorism was involved.
Qantas probe focuses on oxygen tank
MANILA, Philippines - Investigators found fragments that appear to bolster the theory that an oxygen tank exploded on a Qantas jet, forcing it to make a dramatic emergency landing with a car-sized hole in its fuselage, an official said Monday.
Neville Blyth, a senior investigator from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, said a valve and other small fragments would be tested to determine if they came from the tank, which is designed to provide oxygen to passengers during an emergency.
He said the fragments were found in the passenger cabin close to where the missing tank was stored in the cargo hold, along with five other cylinders.
The Boeing 747-400 had to make an emergency landing after a quick descent from 29,000 feet (8,800 meters) Friday. The 365 passengers and crew, who reported hearing a loud bang before the plane suddenly depressurized, were not injured.
"We recovered ... a valve from an oxygen cylinder," Blyth told a news conference. "It is likely that that valve is from the missing cylinder."
If the valve and other fragments are determined
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