It is assumed that the smart little Airbus was in town to process and transport the detained crew members of a Vietnamese fishing boat that were brought into Gladstone after being spotted fishing illegally in waters about 450km north east of the port city this week during an Australian Border Force (ABF) surveillance flight.
After remaining parked on the ground at Gladstone Airport for most of the day, VH-VHD was loaded and later departed to Sydney.
Of interest, Skytraders is the provider of specialist air services to the Australian Federal Government. They operate charters to Antarctica and provide transport for refugees / illegal immigrants around Australia and parts of the Pacific.
The Skytraders website can be found at: http://skytraders.com.au/
Photo taken by Michael Fleetwood ©