QANTAS Boeing 747-438 VH-OJP operating QF74 San Francisco – Sydney suffered an uncontained failure of the #4 engine about 20 minutes into the flight. The crew shut down the engine and returned to San Francisco for a safe landing. The flight was subsequently cancelled.
Following the earlier diversion of A380 VH-OQC to Noumea, QANTAS Boeing 747-438 VH-OJA operated Sydney – Noumea this morning to deliver a new crew for the A380 after the original crew ran out of hours. The use of VH-OJA was because it was due to fly to Avalon so a flight crew was on hand and the aircraft was ready to go once the A380 crew had assembled. VH-OJA continued to Avalon after arrival back in Sydney.