An Emirates plane flew with a large hole in its side for nearly 14 hours after passengers reported hearing a loud bang.
The Airbus A380 took off from the airline’s main hub in Dubai on July 1 bound for Brisbane, Australia.
Shortly after takeoff and as the plane was over the ocean, passengers reported hearing a loud bang, but the crew decided to fly on and landed in Brisbane about 13.5 hours later.
On approach to Queensland Airport, the flight crew contacted air traffic control to request ambulance services and said they suspected they had a punctured tire on takeoff, reports the Aviation Herald.
The plane landed safely, but when rescuers got to the ground, they were shocked to discover a large hole in the fairing on the left side of the plane.
A fairing is added for aerodynamic reasons to create a smooth contour and reduce drag.
Inspectors also discovered a loosened nose gear bolt, but it is not yet known if the two incidents are related.
Due to the damage, the aircraft was unable to take off on its return flight and was still on the ground in Brisbane around 17 hours after arrival.
A passenger reported hearing a “loud bang” shortly after takeoff
“There was a loud bang and I felt it through the ground too,” a passenger told The Courier Mail in Australia.
“The cabin crew stayed calm, stopped the food service, picked up the phone and checked the wings and engines.”
An Emirates spokesman said the EK430 flight from Dubai to Brisbane had “a technical error”.
“One of the plane’s 22 tires ruptured in flight, causing damage to a small portion of the aerodynamic fairing, which is an outer fairing or skin of the plane.
“At no point did it affect the fuselage, frame or structure of the aircraft.
“The plane landed safely in Brisbane and all passengers disembarked as planned.
“The fairing has been completely replaced, checked and approved by engineers, Airbus and all relevant authorities.
‘The safety of our passengers and crew has always been our top priority.’
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