“We heard a very large bang, the oxygen masks came out. But the crew was very calm and everything was fine,” said Phil Rescall, a 40-year-old man from England travelling to Australia for work.
“The shock came when many got off the plane and saw the hole,” he told AFP. “You see the hole and you realise we were very lucky.
“Some people were crying, some people were pretty shaken when they saw the hole.”
Actual footage on board troubled 747-400 Qantas flight QF30, which took off from Hong Kong and was heading for Melbourne on the morning of 25 July 2008.
Melbourne woman, June Kane, told how parts of the plane’s interior broke apart in the depressurised cabin.
“There was a terrific boom and bits of wood and debris just flew forward into first (class) and the oxygen masks dropped down,” she told ABC Radio. She later saw a gaping hole near the wing, with bits of baggage hanging out. “It was absolutely terrifying, but I have to say everyone was very calm.”