FRONT CARGO BLEW OFF
Filed Under: Media & Tech, Opinion | Posted: 07/28/2008 at 8:40PM
Comments | Region: Australia
The Australia investigator said to the press yesterday that the front cargo bay blew off because the oxygen tube installed inside the cargo door exploded. The investigation will be complete in 3 days start from today and the full report will announce in 3 months ahead.
Manila, Philliphines, 25/07
Early this morning, when the Qantas B 747-400 with flight number QF30 took off from Kaitak International Airport, Hongkong with destination Melbourne, South Australia. About 1 hours flight when the plane was cruising at 40,000 feet, suddenly huge explosion heard on the cargo compartment. Something was sucked out from the cargo. The piece of cargo wall flew out with few others cargo and almost hitting the right wing root. Together, the first passenger class floor near the front exit door ripped off. Everything is out of control. Because of cabin decompression airplane ascending for a while before the pilot quickly descending the airplane to 25,000 feet to reduce the cabin decompression and passengers from black out. The Oxygen Mask drop down from above passenger seat. Passengers grab and put the masked on the mouth to take a breath due to low oxygen along the cabin.
The Pilot Captain, John Francis Bartel contact the nearest airport tower for emergency landing. Ninov Aquino, Manila International Airport was a best option. All 346 passengers and 19 cabin crew thanked to the captain pilot to bring them safe landed.
The airplane landed safely at the Ninov airport about 11:00 LT. About 2,5 to 3 meters hole was just below the first cabin exit door near the right wing root. One of passengers onboard stated that someone on the cabin screamed about the airplane has been losing the back cargo door.
Qantas and Boeing sending its team to Manila to investigate the incident. Manila Airport police said that they didn’t find any bomb residual around the hole for the first think.
Few opinion said that the corrosion cause the cargo explosive. But there is an indication that the onboard air conditioner support leak. This opinion was based on the backed history of B-747 which make the airplane ripped into two part with the same condition. Another is bad maintenance. The Airplane maintenance has been outsourcing to Malaysia aircraft maintenance facility and just being roled out from the facility early this year.
Source: kompas printed edition and others