Airbus A380 ‘flew 14 hours’ with hole in side

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(CNN) – Passengers on an Emirates flight to Brisbane, Australia, were amazed to see a large hole in the side of the plane as it was descending.

The damage was reported when people aboard the Airbus A380 from Dubai to the Australian city got out of the plane on July 1 after a flight of about 14 hours.

Pictures of the aircraft shared on social media show the extent of the puncture, which the airline said was caused by a torn tire due to a “technical defect” during the trip.

One of the passengers on board has since taken to Twitter to describe the “horrific” incident that happened “during the cruise”.

Andrew Morris, an English professor at Lofborough University in the UK, wrote, “At first it was terrifying and the cabin crew knew something serious could happen – they were immediately exposed to the cockpit.”

“After a while, they resumed as usual. Their calm demeanor was reassuring – they knew it wasn’t catastrophic.”

While it is not clear how long the plane was in the air when the problem occurred, some reports suggest it may have been in the flight for about 45 minutes.

‘Technical defects’

Commercial aviation website Aviation Herald reports that the crew advised air traffic controllers at Brisbane Airport ahead of time of the situation and requested that the plane be met by emergency services at landing.

The emirate later issued a statement emphasizing that the crash did not affect “the fuselage, frame or structure of the aircraft”.

“On July 1, our flight EK430 from Dubai to Brisbane had a technical fault,” the statement said.

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“One of the aircraft’s 22 tires ruptured during the cruise, damaging a small portion of the aerodynamic ferring, which is the outer panel or the skin of the aircraft.”

The airline confirmed that the aircraft had landed safely in Australia, and that passengers had landed on time. Damage to the exterior of the wide-body airliner has been repaired.

“The ferring has been completely replaced, inspected and cleaned by engineers, Airbus and all relevant authorities,” the emirate added.

“The safety of our passengers and crew has always been our top priority.”

The incident happened just days after the much-loved A380 superjumbo fell before the epidemic. Gave something of reliefWhile the German airline Lufthansa announced plans to rearrange the plane from the summer of 2023.

The Airbus A380 has been on its way since Airbus announced in 2019 that it was discontinuing production of the airliner.

CNN has contacted the emirate for further comment.

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