QANTAS : Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services, Started as a small company in a tin shed in Central Queensland. Amazing history and a marvel the company has survived this long considering the history of commercial airlines.
If you read their blurp carefully is that they state they have never a jet aircraft fatality. They have if my memory serves well there have been three fatal crashes an Avro two seater pilot pax killed. And two De Haviland Rapides. There are some excellent books available and recommend the read on the companys early history.
The 'wing rupture' was some of the uncontained material going up thru the wing near the leading edge. some damage must have occurred as some spoilers did not work and the number one engine refused to shut down. They had to drown it with fire hoses to stop it. Worth noting that RR maintain these engines for QANTAS.They also blew a tyre on landing just to keeep everyone on their toes.
Now it seems there have been two other dramas since the A380. A 7474/400 with the 380 pax on board popped a cork on one engine and went back to Singapore. Then another 74 had hydralic problem out of Heathrow.
The current managment leave a bit to be desired and they have almost dropped the ball twice recently almost losing the company for good. Like what happend to another icon Aussie airline, Ansett. Qantas is still a great airline that has weathered the GFC and other recent dramas well. Unfortunatley bean counters have moved most maintenance offshore and i think that mistake is starting to show.
When i am overseas for a while and i see the big red tail with the 'Flying Kangaroo' it makes me feel good.