Hole in Qantas Jet Forces Emergency Landing

Gap ripped in fuselage after mystery bang
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 25, 2008 4:17 AM CDT
A hole was ripped in the fuselage of this Qantas jet after passengers heard a bang.   (Edwin Llobrera)
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(Newser) – A Qantas flight en route to Australia from London made an emergency landing in Manila today after a mysterious bang punched a 9-foot-wide hole in the fuselage and sent the Boeing 747-400 plunging thousands of feet. There were no injuries but some of the 350 passengers and crew vomited, AP reports. Part of the cabin's ceiling also collapsed and the floor gave way, exposing cargo beneath. 

"There was a terrific boom, and bits of wood and debris just flew forward and the oxygen masks dropped down," a passenger told Agence France Presse. "It was absolutely terrifying."