Friday, January 21, 2022

Hevilift Australia ATR 72-500 VH-FVL Makes Emergency Landing at Bundaberg Airport While Enroute from Moranbah Airport to Brisbane

Late on Thursday 20 January, Hevilift Australia ATR 72-500 VH-FVL diverted into Bundaberg Airport while flying a closed Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flight as HT728 from Moranbah Airport to Brisbane Airport.

It was reported that the diversion was caused by "smoke in the cabin" however, a Hevilift spokesperson said no smoke or fire was observed in the cockpit or cabin.  It was reported on Friday 21 January, that the pilots were alerted to an electrical faulty and detected an electrical odour in the cockpit.

VH-FVL landed at Bundaberg Airport and was greeted by multiple emergency crews.  The four crew members and 19 passengers on board were provided with accommodation after landing.

After engineers inspected the aircraft, it was cleared to fly back to Brisbane and during the afternoon on Friday 21 January, VH-FVL positioned to Brisbane as HT707.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 21 January, it appears that the passengers were transported to Brisbane on board Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet VH-NKU which looked to complete a closed charter flight to Bundaberg Airport from and back to Brisbane as UTY8460/1.

Sincere thanks to Hayden M-A and Dan B from Dan Beck Photography for allowing us to share these great photos!

Photos taken by Hayden Matthew Alexander and Dan B  ©

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