Friday, November 28, 2014

Serious Storms in Brisbane Thursday Evening Damage Aircraft and Delay Flights

Widely reported that massive storms hit Brisbane late on Thursday 27 November causing wide-spread damage to property as well as several injuries to local residents.  But as time goes on, it has emerged that there was also damage to several aircraft and buildings at Brisbane's General Aviation (GA) Airport at Archerfield.

Sadly, there was one locally-based aircraft that was damaged at Archerfield in the form of Bundaberg-based CromAir Cessna 414A VH-CBT which arrived at Archerfield from Bundy earlier on Thursday.  It was damaged as a result of damage to a hangar door.

VH-CBT at Mackay Airport in happier times  (File photo taken by 'AC'  ©)

However, VH-CBT wasn't the only aircraft damaged.  Local plane spotter BvD noted the following aircraft either blown over or damaged at Archerfield:

Blown over aircraft:
24-7313 Jabiru
24-7829 Jabiru J170
24-8329 Cessna C162
24-8511 Cessna C162
VH-IPI Champion
VH-IVZ Cessna 152
VH-MZW Cessna 172N
VH-WSN Robinson R44

Damaged aircraft:
VH-CBT Cessna 414 damaged by hangar doors
VH-DYH Beech G36 tail damaged by PA31 VH-FMU
VH-MBI Cessna 172B left wing damaged
VH-MPJ Maule M7 left wing damaged by wall
VH-SRO Beech 76 left wing damaged by VH-IPI
ZK-TOT Cessna 182 right wing damaged

The CareFlight hangar at Archerfield had part of wall blown out causing minor damage to the resident Rescue Helicopter.

UPDATE!  On Friday 28 November, I was made aware of the following additional damage to aircraft and facilities at Archerfield Airport...

VH-IVZ Cessna 152
At Exec Helicopters the side of hanger was gone with VH-EHY EC-130B plus one other inside.
At Flying Fighters, the hanger doors were down in front of hanger with VH-DRP Cessna 310R, VH-FLX PA-38-112. VH-CFR PA-38-112 parked in front with suspected damage.

Also there were several other aircraft that had hail damage that were parked around the field.

Meanwhile, flights into Brisbane Airport late on Thursday 27 November were either delayed or diverted.  Of interest, the VOZ1720 flight from Gladstone to Brisbane - operated by Embraer E-190 VH-ZPR - took the 'long way' to get to Brisbane, turning an hour-long flight into an hour-and-three-quarter flight - as shown below.  And the evening QantasLink QLK2533 Dash-8-Q400 flight from Longreach to Brisbane diverted to Hervey Bay / Fraser Coast Airport.

Certainly some scary sights and sounds from the storms!

Additional photos from CK (@C_K_7) on Twitter -

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