Qantas 128 Emergency Landing at NAIA Tonight

 A380 In Trouble


17 August 2013
A Qantas 128 flight (VH-OQD) from Hongkong to Sydney made an emergency diversion at Ninoy Aquino International Airport tonight.

The Airbus A380-800 plane landed safely at NAIA airport around 11:30 PM surrounded by emergency vehicles.

The A380 is rapidly evacuated by passengers.

Manila airport runway was temporarily closed for traffic with arriving planes put on holding pattern until it was reopened 15 minutes later. 

No information yet available on what is happening on the ground.

The plane left Hong Kong around 8:30 p.m. bound for Sydney, Australia and was expected to arrive 7:30 the following day before it made emergency landing request at Manila Airport. 

Image courtesy of Flightradar24.

26 comments:

  1. why there's nothing in the internet about this incident?

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  2. There is now. The plane flew to Clark after disembarking all passengers at Terminal 1 for refuelling. There is just no place for the A380 at this time. Terminal 1 is particularly full of heavy wide bodies during 12 midnight. Among the wide bodies last night were Cathay pacific 777 and 747, Singapore 777, 2 delta 747, Etihad 777, Qatar 777, and the holding Emirates 777, and Kuwait 340. Korean Air 777 was also on the ground as well as Asiana 747 on Charlie.

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  3. There was no emergency landing only for refuel! But since no parking space available then they diverted it to clark! If this really happen as emergency and passengers evacuated then this would have been a discussion in airliners.net or th avherald.com but NO SUCH THING so next time just a little cautious with your story

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  4. Come to think about if this really happene if they evacuated the paasengers so it flew empty to clark then fly back to manila to pick up the passengers?

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  5. Emergency Landing by definition is an unscheduled landing made by an aircraft in response to a crisis which either interferes with the operation of the aircraft or involves sudden medical emergencies necessitating diversion to the nearest airport.

    Qantas 128 was forced to land at NAIA due to medical emergency. Its unscheduled stop at the nearest airport require it to refuel to continue its flight to Sydney. The A380 was carrying fuel good for Hong Kong and Sydney only. To reach Sydney it must refuel in Manila. PCAR requires disembarkation of passengers when commencing refuel procedures by tanker. Thus, the compulsory disembarkation of passengers at Terminal 1. But it can't refuel at NAIA because it is temporarily docked at Emirates gate which was on holding pattern for 30 minutes. Terminal 1 was very congested with wide body jets at that time. Terminal 1 remotes were occupied by SIN and CPA. LTP remotes were also full of PAL and CEB wide bodies. To cut chase Qantas 128 was advised to take fuel at Clark leaving passengers at Terminal 1. The request for refueling stop for Clark was until 4am. But the plane did not stay there that long. The A380 was back at NAIA terminal 1 around 2am when the terminal was already empty. Wide bodies from Emirates and Etihad left, Asiana and Korean also left as well as Kuwait and Qatar. Qantas 128 proceeded for Sydney around 2:30 am arriving at 10:30 am. Qantas 128 was in 2 Philippine airports in the span of 3 hours.

    Qantas 128 is a regular scheduled A380 flight from Hong Kong to Sydney. No airline in its right mind would fly a scheduled flight empty. More so doing stops in between hops for refueling purposes. Think first Dreamliner25787 before your next post.

    By the way, Avherald discusses only aircraft related incidents, not medical stops.

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    1. Well written kudos

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    2. We would like to correct our earlier post. We are recently notified that Qantas 128 never left NAIA for Clark. The plane that was seen in Clark was a different aircraft, also a A380 (VH-OQE) bound for Manila from Hong Kong. This is a maintenance flight Qantas 6011 leaving HKG around 2300 and should be arriving NAIA around 0100+ but was diverted because of the congestion brought by the emergency of Qantas 128. This is what is covered by the inquirer report, while the other A380 was covered by us. VH-OQD left NAIA around 0230 onwards to Sydney, while VH-OQE left CRK around 0400 for NAIA LTP. To sum it up, there were two A380 in the Philippines on the early morning of August 18 2013.

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  6. Wait, so it refueled at Clark? Then would it be super heavy if it landed back at NAIA? Or did it go to Clark to let the Emirates plane take the gate?

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  7. What ever it is, it simply shows that NAIA is capable of handling emergencies, whether it is major or not!..this might prove to US FAA that we are capable of handling such inevitable circumstances!.

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  8. For the Worlds Worst Airport, Im very proud that NAIA can at least handle the emergency landing of an A380! Its the first time NAIA did this and they seemed like they handled it very well Hope the FAA will look over this and upgrade to Category 1. They deserve it. NAIA should upgrade its ramps so it could handle the A380. So then it could come to NAIA, especially interest PAL to purchase an A380! :O

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  9. STOP making up stories. There was NO news about this on the internet!

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    1. You can always stop reading our post. You might want to get other sources for your reading pleasure. And if you can't find any then that it not our problem. But, you are still welcome to criticize our unpaid work. Perhaps you might want to start something better than what we strive to do. Its always a free world.

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  10. You better read avheral as it also publish medical emergencies

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    1. Thank you. But we do have better sources here. With all due respect to that Australian site. You are however always welcome to come by.

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  11. By the way, the first aircraft facing QFA128 is the approaching UAE334. The next one is ETD428 100nm west of Manila. Korean Air,Asiana,Delta and Cathay 913 just landed.

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  12. Qantas can assist PAL in joining Oneworld Alliance.

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  13. You are an idiot.

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  14. Why make such a bis fuss ?

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  15. What the fuck does PAL and joining an alliance have to do with this??!! Just because Qantas has landed at PAL's hub, that already means PAL will join oneworld??! LMAO...I hope they do join oneworld though. A PAL aircraft in oneworld livery would look really nice.

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  16. Hi I am from Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP). It's true that we have 2 Airbus A380s which landed here: One in NAIA 1 (QF VH-OQD) and one in Clark (QF VH-OQD).

    QF VH-OQD, a commercial flight from HKG to SYD made an emergency landing at NAIA terminal 1. At the same time, QF VH-OQE is scheduled for a short maintenance here at Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP). Unfortunately, NAIA cannot handle 2 A380s at the same time so we need to advice the pilot to divert to Clark airport until VH-OQD is cleared.

    FYI: All Qantas A380 are maintenained by LTP so we know all their maintenance activities.

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    1. Hi do you know whats going on with vhoql? Is that one on maintenance as well ?? Flight aware web site shows that one is staying in manila since the 25th !!

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  17. It's true that we have 2 Airbus A380s which landed here: One in NAIA 1 (QF VH-OQD) and one in Clark (QF VH-OQE).

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  19. The flight aware web site shows that vhoql is still staying in manilla by december 1, go and check it your self under tail number ,

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  20. The Philippine airspace shut up! Seems you're just riding on this event and no access to first hand available information. so please stop your ass umptions!

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