Emirates airline jet flies for 14 hours with a HOLE in its side


Emirates airline jet flies for 14 hours with a HOLE in its side after passengers heading to Australia heard a loud bang on take-off

  • The Airbus A380 took off from Emirates’ main hub in Dubai on July 1 and landed to find a mysterious hole in the side of the aircraft
  • Passengers reported a loud bang while over the ocean on the way to Australia
  • But staff decided to continue on for nearly another 14 hours until they landed

An Emirati plane flew for nearly 14 hours with a hole in its side before landing in Brisbane.

The Airbus A380 took off from Emirates’ main hub in Dubai on July 1 and landed at night, but pilots reported an surprising discovery when they got there.

Passengers reported hearing a  loud bang while they were flying over the ocean on the way to Australia.

But the airline decided to continue on anyway for another 13.5 hours, contacting Air Traffic Control at Brisbane Airport shortly before landing to report that they suspected they had blown a tyre on take-off.

The Airbus A380 took off from Emirates’ main hub in Dubai on July 1 and landed to find a mysterious hole in the side of the aircraft

The Airbus A380 took off from Emirates’ main hub in Dubai on July 1 and landed to find a mysterious hole in the side of the aircraft

They requested to be met by emergency services on landing, according to the Aviation Herald. 

When they landed after 13.5 hours in the air, emergency services were shocked to find a large hole in the side of the body fairing on the left jet of the plane.

Fairing is added for aerodynamic reasons, producing a smooth outline and reduce wind drag.

The aeroplane inspectors also discovered a detached bolt in the nosegear, but it is not yet known if the two incidents are related.

‘There was a loud bang and I felt it through the floor as well,’ said one passenger, speaking with The Courier Mail in Australia. ‘The cabin crew remained calm, stopped the food service and got on the phone and checked the wings, engines.’

The aircraft landed safely and no passengers were reported injured or evacuated. 

‘Was absolutely terrifying at first and the cabin crew knew something serious may have happened – were immediately in contact with the cockpit,’ said Twitter user Andrew Morris, Professor of Human Factors at Loughborough University, who claims he was on the flight.

‘Shortly after, they resumed as normal. Their calm demeanour was reassuring – they knew it was not catastrophic.’

The plane was unable to depart for its return flight and is still on the ground in Brisbane about 17 hours after landing.

‘I guess the pilots figured it was just a flesh wound, and continued on the 14 hour flight,’ said another Twitter user. 

The aeroplane inspectors also discovered a detached bolt in the nosegear, but it is not yet known if the two incidents are related

The aeroplane inspectors also discovered a detached bolt in the nosegear, but it is not yet known if the two incidents are related

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