|VH-PPG at Bundaberg (File photo taken by Brendan Berry ©)
After a sortie of over six hours, VH-PPG ("Rescue 481") landed at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport for fuel. It then departed and was noted performed more searching before it is believed that VH-PPG landed on the Sunshine Coast for the night.
It returned to Cairns on Thursday.
Also on Wednesday 15 April, Austrek Aviation (of Toowoomba) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-JEA was noted around Hervey Bay and Maryborough, and given its history of aerial survey flights, it may have also been involved in the search.
Some other light General Aviation (GA) aircraft to call into Hervey Bay over the last week have included Roma-based Beech 58 Baron VH-KGK on Sunday 12 April, FKG Air Hawker Beechcraft G58 Baron VH-FKI on Tuesday 14 April and locally-based Beech A36 Bonanza VH-KEY flew two return sectors to Noosa over the week.
|VH-KEY at Maryborough (File photo taken by David Geck ©)
Making two visits on Friday 17 April and also visiting on Monday 13 April was Toowoomba-based Hawker Beechcraft G58 Baron VH-OMS, while a pair of Maroochy Airport aircraft - Piper PA-46R-350T Malibu VH-UPY and Cessna 182 VH-TOE - calling in over various times during the week, with VH-UPY spotted at Hamilton Island on Thursday 16 April while it visited for the day from Hervey Bay.
Finally, Brisbane-based Cessna 340 VH-LKM called into Hervey Bay for the day on Friday 17 April.