How lucky they were! It could have been catastrophic.
Has there been a conclusion to the investigation into the incident at Heathrow where the plane landed short of the runway? They were investigating fuel supply issues as the engines had cut out I believe.
and yes, it was largely thanks to the technology aboard the aircraft that the captain and crew were able to land safely.
The emergency oxygen masks deployed, the onboard data and fly by wire systems continued to function, and the engines worked perfectly. If I had to pick one aircraft in which to fly it would probably be a Boeing 747-438 like the one in question. They're incredibly safe and reliable aircraft; I've flown in them for many years, and have lost count of my trips. I'm always very happy to walk aboard, and this incident won't deter me in the slightest.
Qantas (I must stop calling them Quantas) has the best safety record of any airline, and that's saying something - the airline began life in 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services, hence the name Qantas.
I like their service, it's efficient whilst at the same time appearing laid back - I'm always very relaxed on a Qantas flight.