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In pictures: Qantas plane drama

The gaping hole in the fuselage of the  Boeing 747 at Manila airport

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.

Qantas pilot Capt John Francis Bartels (R) looks at the hole in his plane at Manila airport

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.

Passengers aboard the Qantas plane wear oxygen masks as it comes in to land in Manila

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.

Passengers cheer after leaving the damaged plane in Manila airport

Safely off the plane, some passengers exchanged high fives while another smoked a cigarette.

Passengers make calls from mobile phones after leaving the damaged plane in Manila airport

As they waited to be ferried away by bus in Manila, passengers made calls from their mobile phones.

Relieved passengers give the thumbs-up as they board an airport coach in Manila

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.

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