Monday, July 11, 2016

Fog at Emerald and Moranbah Airports Causes Delays and Diversions Monday Morning

A thick layer of fog rolled through parts of Central Queensland early on Monday 11 July causing some flight delays and diversions at Moranbah and Emerald Airports.

An Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 at Emerald during a gloomy morning  (File photo)

It was initially reported the visibility at Moranbah Airport had reduced such that two early morning QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 flights from Brisbane - VH-QOJ and VH-QOT - diverted to Mackay Airport after a considerable period of holding North of Moranbah.  The first morning Virgin Australia ATR 72 flight from Brisbane - VOZ1661 VH-FVX - ended up holding for around three hours before eventually landing successfully at Moranbah Airport after nearly five hours in the air.

Flightradar tracking of VOZ1661  (

After also holding for some time, another Virgin Australia ATR 72 VH-FVL followed by a QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOY landed successfully at Moranbah Airport.  Shortly after, the two QantasLink Dash-8-Q400s that diverted to Mackay Airport returned to Moranbah Airport and operated delayed flights back to Brisbane.

Over at Emerald Airport, the fog and low cloud rolled through a little later in the morning but not before the two early morning QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 services from Brisbane - QLK2400 VH-QOR and QLK2402 VH-LQL - diverted to Rockhampton and returned to Brisbane respectively.

VH-QOR eventually returned to Emerald Airport and landed successfully before then departing to Brisbane as the delayed QLK2401 service.

Also diverting to Rockhampton Airport was Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Raytheon B200 VH-FDZ "FlyDoc 458" which had flown up to Emerald from Roma Airport.  It too eventually flew back to Emerald.

The Rockhampton Aero Club's Beech 58 Baron VH-KCN was also completing an early morning flight to Emerald Airport from Rockhampton and returned to Rocky.

Finally, one Regular Public Transport (RPT) service that did land and take-off successfully at Emerald Airport early on Monday 11 July was the Virgin Australia (Alliance Airlines) Fokker F-70 jet VH-JFB operating the morning VOZ1255/1256.

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