Late on Friday 1 February, Rockhampton Airport was closed to all domestic and other aircraft due to a higher than predicted flood peak of 8.7m in the Fitzroy River.
Flood water was encroaching on the main Runway 15/33, with water also sighted across the smaller cross-Runway 04/22. Rockhampton Plane Spotter 'IAD' was out early on Sunday 3 February and sends through a couple of photos of the flooding that was affected Rockhampton Airport.
Although, with the flood-peak seemingly past, and the flood level at the Fitzroy River falling, Rockhampton Airport was re-opened to turbo-prop passenger services on Sunday 3 February. QantasLink Dash-8-Q300 VH-TQM was the first aircraft to touch down on Runway 15 - under the close eye of safety officers.
Careflight (Queensland) Bell 412EP VH-XCK was spotted after arriving from Toowoomba the previous evening.
Eurocopter AS.350BA Squirrel VH-WHW was preparing for departure.
Forster Helicopters of Charters Towers Robinson R44 VH-DQA was spotted departing.
Thanks 'IAD' for the photos - even the artistic ones!
All photos taken by IAD ©