VH-RUE had earlier flown down from Cairns to Brisbane and was due to return to Far North Queensland after popping into Rockhampton Airport presumably for fuel.
It appears that VH-RUE was completing a closed charter flight for the Queensland Police Service (QPS) as around the same time, the crew of VH-RUE were heard to be speaking with the crew of the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK which had earlier popped into Rockhampton Airport (as shown below) from Cairns and Townsville before it then departed to Brisbane.
VH-PSK also visited Bundaberg Airport during the afternoon also on Thursday 9 April.
Of interest, VH-PSK was also noted visiting Rockhampton and Mackay Airports at the start of the week on Monday 6 April.
UPDATE! VH-PSK made a rare weekend visit to Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 11 April. It arrived from Cairns and Townsville and then departed to Brisbane. VH-PSK later returned to Cairns from Brisbane via Townsville.
The Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was also on the air, also on Thursday 9 April. After earlier completing airwork at Bundaberg Airport while on a flight out of and back to Brisbane, during the afternoon, it was noted landing at Rockhampton Airport presumably to pick-up and transport the passengers of the Beech 1900D VH-RUE up to Cairns. Indeed VH-PSU then departed Rockhampton Airport for Cairns before it later returned to Brisbane.
It also appears that Hinterland Aviation Beech B200 King Air VH-HLJ may have also been chartered to ferry the stranded passengers up to Cairns as it too was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport also on Thursday 9 April, arriving from and departing back to Cairns, as 'HND467' / "Hinterland 467".
Finally, a couple of other light General Aviation (GA) aircraft to be noted visiting Rockhampton Airport, also on Thursday 9 April, included Austrek Aviation Beech B200 Super King Air VH-ZGD which looked to arrive from Toowoomba and then later depart to Archerfield before it then headed back up the range to Toowoomba. While Pilatus PC-12/45 VH-PID also visited Rockhampton Airport from its Toowoomba base.
Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Steve Vit ©