747 Lands safely back at SFO after engine failure

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A Qantas Airways flight had to make an emergency landing at San Francisco International after an engine failure in midair punched a hole in the cowling.

Qantas Flight 74, with 212 passengers on board, left San Francisco bound for Sydney Australia, at about 11:30 p.m. on Monday. At 30,000 feet about 45 minutes after takeoff, a malfunction in the No. 4 engine on the right wing ripped a hole in the cowling, authorities said.

Radar tracks on FlightAware, show that the plane was about 275 miles west of San Francisco when the incident happened.

The pilot declared an emergency, made two wide circles over the Pacific, dumping fuel to reduce the plane’s weight and returned to SFO at 12:45 a.m., authorities said. Airport fire trucks were dispatched and surrounded the plane as it arrived.

No one was injured, and the passengers were “put up in hotels for the night,” said SFO duty manager Chris Davison.

The cause of the engine failure will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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