On Thursday 3 September, Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-XNE was spotted on the ground at Mackay Airport.
It looked to call into Mackay Airport at the completion of a flight from Cairns which lasted just over three hours and took the Challenger over Palm Island and then to a position inland from Mackay. VH-XNE appeared to be using its registration as its radio callsign rather than the usual "Rescue" callsign.
After almost an hour on the ground, VH-XNE returned directly to Cairns.
As we've previously reported, Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd (Cobham) was contracted in 2014 to provide a new new search and rescue agreement for AMSA using four Bombardier Challenger CL-604 bizjets from late 2016 for a period of 12 years.
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