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Passengers share Qantas drama on Twitter

world Updated: Nov 04, 2010 13:10 IST

Passengers on board a Qantas flight which encountered engine trouble over Indonesia on Thursday were online within moments of their emergency landing in Singapore to share images of the aircraft damage.

Qantas flight QF32 had to dump fuel and return to Singapore after an "engine issue" which left it trailing smoke into Changi airport.

Metal debris including a piece bearing part of the airline's red-and-white "flying kangaroo" emblem slammed into industrial and residential areas of the northern Indonesian city of Batam, opposite Singapore.

Witnesses described hearing a loud explosion.

The first pictures of the damage apparently taken from inside the plane hit the microblogging site Twitter within moments of the A380 landing, with user @ulfw posting a shot taken over the wing.

"Just emergency landed back in Singapore after engine two blew up at take-off and parts ripped through wings. Damn," @ulfw wrote.

The photograph showed damage to the wing casing.

Users including @adamson and @rodrigoBNO also used the site to share images of red-and-white debris found in Batam, seemingly from the back end of the damaged engine's casing.

The site was flooded with initial rumours that the aircraft had crashed or exploded midair.