VH-VGR was operating as JST888 from Brisbane to Mackay when smoke and fumes were reported in the aircraft's cabin about half way through its journey. The pilot declared a 'PAN' and the aircraft immediately began a descent and diverted to Rocky, where the A320 landed safely with emergency services on stand-by.
The passengers were disembarked and and looked to be being bussed to their destination of Mackay. Meanwhile, VH-VGR remains parked towards the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron. The outbound JST889 service from Mackay to Brisbane was subsequently cancelled.
Thanks to all the local plane spotters for their contributions during the afternoon, and to 'IAD' for sending through these awesome photos from Rockhampton Airport.
All photos taken by 'IAD' ©