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Qantas Flight Diverts to Manila

Sydney, 25 July 2008

Qantas has confirmed that a B747-400 aircraft operating QF30 from Hong Kong to Melbourne diverted to Manila today following a loss of cabin pressure.

The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon, said all 346 passengers and 19 crew disembarked normally and there were no reports of any injuries to passengers or crew.

The flight, which originated in London, landed in Manila at approximately 11.15 am local time.

Mr Dixon said the flight crew had performed emergency procedures after oxygen masks were deployed.

He said initial inspections revealed the aircraft had sustained a hole in its fuselage, and it was currently being inspected by engineers.

"The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) have been notified of the incident and Qantas is sending its own engineers to Manila.

"Qantas has provided all passengers with accommodation and a replacement aircraft has been arranged."

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (Q3792)
Email: qantasmedia@qantas.com.au