Qantas passengers flying to
While in mid air a 3 meter hole rupture in the belly of their Boeing 747, sent the plane on a nose dive 6,000 meters, before the pilot managed to stabilise the plane.
Passenger Steve Winchester said he thought he was going to die.
"Everyone was just thinking to themselves 'oh I think this is it'," he told reporters. "I heard someone scream. People were just looking at each other in sheer terror."
"It was everywhere, it was just like it was snowing in the cabin," he said.
"I heard an enormous explosion, things went quiet, the cabin instantly lost pressure and the plane just started to dive. I thought we were going down into the sea," he said.
The plane managed to make an emergency landing in manila.
Meanwhile, investigators in
A senior Qantas pilot told the Telegraph that Friday's drama may be related to the airline's decision to outsource aircraft maintenance to
"This could well be the direct result of Qantas having stand-in engineers, or from outsourcing maintenance to
"It has been talked about a lot here and we have been told to be extra vigilant when you walk around the aircraft.
"With Qantas outsourcing maintenance to
Report from CNA