A Qantas flight from London to Melbourne was forced to make an emergency landing when a door popped open leaving a hole in the side of the fuselage.

A Qantas aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing after a cargo door came open

Qantas flight QF30 plunged 20,000ft after a faulty door in the cargo area opened, causing a sudden loss of cabin pressure. The flight landed in Manila at around 11.15am local time.

Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon said all 346 passengers and 19 crew disembarked normally and there were no reports of injuries.

The airline has provided all passengers with accommodation and a replacement aircraft has been arranged. The hole is the fuselage is being inspected by engineers.

Passengers have described their terror as the plane suddenly descended. Debra Manchester, a passenger in first class, told the Times: “We didn’t know what was happening to the plane. After a while, things calmed down and there was deadly silence. There was still debris around our feet but we all started to feel a bit safer when we could take our oxygen masks off.”