Passengers on the giant Qantas Airways jet forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore on Thursday said they heard a loud bang and saw pieces of one of the engines fall off soon after take-off.
The Airbus A380, which had originated in London and was carrying 459 people, suffered failure of one of its four engines. Australian officials said no one on board was injured. One passenger said an explosion ripped off the engine's rear casing.
“I just heard this massive bang, like a shotgun going off,” Tyler Wooster told Australia's Network Nine television. “Part of the skin had peeled off and you could see the foam underneath, pieces of broken wires sticking out.”
“Five minutes after take-off there was a loud boom, small pieces flying around (outside), it was the scariest thing I had seen...,” he said.
The plane circled Singapore to burn fuel before making an emergency landing.