Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fog and Low Cloud Cause Delays and Diversions from Moranbah and Emerald Airports

Some diversions and holding were the way early on Tuesday 11 June and Wednesday 12 June thanks to a blanket of fog covering parts of Central Queensland including Moranbah and Emerald.

Early Tuesday morning, it is believed that Virgin Australia Regional Airlines ATR 72-600 VH-FVP may have diverted to Dysart, while two Qantaslink Dash-8-Q400 aircraft - VH-LQF and VH-QOV - may have diverted to Mackay.

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Each diversion came after a period of holding to the North-East of Moranbah. One other Dash-8-Q400 -  VH-QOT - successfully landed eventually at Moranbah after holding.  By mid-morning, operations into Moranbah seemed to return to normal.

Meanwhile, early on Wednesday morning, QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOU may have diverted from Mornabah to Dysart after being unable to land at Moranbah.

I also noted Virgin Australia Regional Airlines ATR 72-600 VH-FVQ diverting to Rockhampton after unsuccessfully trying to land at Emerald while operating the VOZ1255 service from Brisbane.  It later re-positioned back to Emerald from Rockhampton and later still operated the now-delayed VOZ1256 service back to Brisbane.

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