Qantas 747


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The National Transportation Safety Board will be sending a
team of investigators to the Philippines to assist in the
investigation of today's accident in which a Qantas B747
made an emergency landing after the flight crew reportedly
heard a loud bang and the airplane experienced
depressurization while in flight of explosive nature.

The airplane, Qantas flight 30, a B747-400, en route to
Melbourne, Australia from Hong Kong, landed safely in Manila
at 11:15 am local time. There were no reported injuries
among the 346 passengers and 19 crewmembers. The aircraft
has a 5 foot hole in the cargo area forward of the right
wing leading edge and there is also some wing damage.

NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has designated senior air
investigator Joe Sedor as the U.S. Accredited
Representative, and he will be accompanied by a technical
specialist in the area of airworthiness. The U.S. team will
also include technical advisors from the FAA and Boeing.