At approximately 8:20pm last night the nose tyres on a Qantas
A380 unexpectedly burst as the aircraft came into land at Sydney’s Kingsford
smith International Airport.
Qantas flight QF32 from London via Singapore had 241
passengers on-board, many of whom report seeing sparks and flames outside their
windows, in the end the aircraft made a safe landing.
Qantas have said they don’t know what caused this incident however
also noted that it was rare and had not occurred with any of its five other
Qantas A380 aircraft.
The Qantas A380 tyre burst is the second incident in less
than a week after a Qantas Boeing 747 on route from Sydney to Singapore
returned not long after takeoff because of engine problems.
News dot com dot au reported:
“We saw from the observation deck and when it touched down
the left wheel burst into flames and there were sparks and fire from the
left-hand side and there was black smoke and when it went down the runway it
stopped,” said Mr Wayne Morris, 58, who was waiting
for his wife, Maria, to arrive from a London holiday.
” The control tower said on the radio that all the tyres were
“I was very concerned because you don’t expect to see flames
from a plane and after the engineers went on strike it makes you ask the
question about safety.”