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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Exploding Engine Forces Qantas Flight's Return to SFO

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 8:10 AM

click to enlarge Unharmed in yesterday's air emergency at SFO...
  • Unharmed in yesterday's air emergency at SFO...
An explosion that punched a hole in an engine on a Qantas passenger jet forced the 747 to curtail a journey to the land down under after only 45 minutes, and return to San Francisco International Airport shortly before 1 a.m. this morning.

The plane landed without incident after the loss of one of its four engines. Video and photos taken afterward revealed a massive rupture along the outside of the affected engine.

None of the 212 Sydney-bound passengers aboard Flight 74 were injured. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the explosion.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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