Sunday, June 21, 2015

Virgin Australia E-190 VH-ZPR Suffers Engine Damage Following Birdstrike at Mackay Airport Last Week

I've come across a couple of photos from last week of Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPR grounded at Mackay Airport after suffering a birdstrike shortly after landing from Brisbane as VOZ601 on Thursday 18 June.

File photo taken by Dave  ©

After remaining on the ground for the rest of Thursday and into the night, and then noted conducting high-power engine runs the next morning, VH-ZPR departed Mackay on Friday 19 June, positioning empty to Melbourne (Tullamarine) as VOZ9918.  It re-entered service with Virgin Australia later that day.

Meanwhile, a couple of other notable visitors into Mackay Airport last week included Careflight Queensland (Aeromed) LearJet 45 VH-VVI which called into the sugar city on Sunday 21 June.  It presumably operated a med-evac flight, arriving from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane as "Ambulance 451".

On Friday 19 June, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU also called into Mackay Airport during its busy day of flying, while also on Friday, West Wing Aviation Cessna 208B Caravan VH-XDU was due to call in from Townsville.

As mentioned below, on Thursday 18 June, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412 VH-ESD called into Mackay while flying North from Archerfield to Townsville via Gladstone and Mackay.

Finally, another couple of interesting visitors into Mackay on Thursday included Gippaero GA-8 Airvan VH-OHN and Cessna 208 Caravan VH-DJG.

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