I believe the morning QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 QLK2503 service from Cairns - operated by VH-QOT - returned to Cairns.
While all three Virgin Australia flights into Hamo on Tuesday 21 July diverted to different locations - VOZ1751 from Melbourne (Tullamarine) operated by B737-800 VH-YVC diverted to Townsville - VOZ1281 from Sydney operated by B737-800 VH-YVD diverted to Mackay - VOZ1497 from Brisbane operated by B737-800 VH-YFI actually returned to Brisbane after being unable to land. All three return flights from Hamilton were subsequently cancelled.
Finally, the Jetstar Airways Airbus A320 JST846 service from Sydney - operated by VH-VGH - also diverted to Townsville.
All aircraft that diverted did not attempt another landing at Hamilton Island, instead positioning to various ports to resume their day of flying.
|File photo taken by 'AC' ©|
Finally, there was due to be an Alliance Airlines charter into Hamilton Island late on Tuesday 21 July, and Fokker F-100 VH-FKA was noted flying to Hamo as UTY560. It too did not land and returned to Brisbane.
What a messy day!