The Qantas 747 plane that made an emergency landing in Manila last Friday is being inspected to determine what caused the 9-foot hole on its fuselage.
Specialists from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau are on site to conduct an investigation. Officials from Boeing, including three engineers, and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board are also helping in the probe.
So far this is what officials have been saying about the cause of the incident:
* It is not terrorism-related.
* Rust and/or metal fatigue may have been a factor.
* The role of oxygen canisters is being investigated. One canister that was located at the site of the hole is missing, presumably lost sometime during the flight.
We’ll keep you updated as news becomes available. Meanwhile, you might want to check out these photos that Bob Reyes took of the plane sitting on the tarmac in Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport.