A car-sized hole gapes from the fuselage of a Qantas Boeing 747 airliner at Manila's international airport. The plane had been en route to Melbourne from London.
Capt John Francis Bartels (R) inspected the damage after the plane landed safely, following the accident about an hour out of Hong Kong, where the plane had made a stop-over.
Though a loud bang was heard and wind rushed into the plane, passengers remained calm, donning oxygen masks as the pilot made the emergency descent.
Safely off the plane, some passengers exchanged high fives while another smoked a cigarette.
As they waited to be ferried away by bus in Manila, passengers made calls from their mobile phones.
There were smiles of relief among the 346 passengers and 19 crew from Flight QF 30, as the extent of the damage to the plane emerged. The cause has still to be established.