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Burst oxygen tank caused jet blast

August 29, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Air safety officials confirmed suspicions that an oxygen cylinder caused the explosion that blew a car-sized hole in a Qantas jet last month, forcing an emergency landing.

Julian Walsh, acting executive director of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, said one of the seven emergency oxygen cylinders below the cabin floor had exploded on the Boeing 747-438.

The cause of the explosion has not been determined.

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