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Horrified plane passengers were left panicked when they discovered their plane had made almost the entire 14-hour journey with a huge hole in its side.

They heard a loud bang just 45 minutes after their flight took off – and when they landed, they realised the noise was an impact that had somehow created a hole in their aircraft.

The Emirates flight from Dubai to Brisbane International Airport had been in the air for almost 14 hours with a gaping gap in the plane’s left side.

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At the time, concerned passengers had no idea the booming noise had ripped apart the airplane’s body.

One traveller, Patrick, told theCourier Mailthat staff on board the flight were composed throughout and he was shocked to see the hole when getting off the flight.

He explained: “'There was a loud bang and I felt it through the floor as well.

“The cabin crew remained calm, stopped the food service and got on the phone and checked the wings and engines.”

Fellow flier Chris said: “Before we landed they told us we had to land on a different runway and get an engineer to inspect the plane for a suspected landing gear problem.”

He added that he's "thankful" the situation wasn't any worse.

The rare fault is thought to have been caused by a loose bolt becoming unattached in the plane’s nose gear.

Worrying footage showed the plane landing safely in Brisbane despite the huge gaping hole in the side of the aircraft.

A spokesperson for Emirates confirmed the flight suffered damage during its journey.

In a statement they said: “Our flight EK430 flying from Dubai to Brisbane on July 1 experienced a technical fault during cruise.

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“The aircraft landed safely in Brisbane and all passengers disembarked as scheduled.

“The aircraft landed safely in Brisbane and all passengers disembarked as scheduled.

“The aircraft will remain in Brisbane for assessment and repairs. The safety of our passengers and crew has always been our top priority.”

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