On 1 July, an Emirates Airbus A380 landed at Brisbane International Airport with a large hole blown in the left wing fairing, reportedly coming from a detached bolt in the nosegear.
The Airbus A380-800, with registration A6-EVK, was performing flight EK430 from Dubai International to Brisbane when the large hole came to light during an inspection after landing in Brisbane.
According to Avherald, the crew members informed the Brisbane tower about the possible damage due to a blown tire on take-off at Dubai airport. After suspecting the damage, the crew members requested emergency services on stand-by.
The aircraft probably sustained the damage during takeoff from Dubai before it eventually landed on Brisbane’s runway 19R. The aircraft made a safe landing but became immobilized on the runway.
Emergency services initially found the large hole was blown into the root fairing, as well as “penetration” on the underside of the fuselage.
Emirates has issued the below statement regarding the incident:
Our flight EK430 flying from Dubai to Brisbane on 1 July experienced a technical fault. One of the aircraft’s 22 tyres ruptured during cruise, causing damage to a small portion of the aerodynamic fairing, which is an outer panel or the skin of the aircraft. At no point did it have any impact on the fuselage, frame or structure of the aircraft. The aircraft landed safely in Brisbane and all passengers disembarked as scheduled. The fairing has been completely replaced, checked and cleared by engineers, Airbus and all relevant authorities. The safety of our passengers and crew has always been our top priority.Emirates Airline
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