Monday, October 12, 2015

QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOM Grounded at Gladstone Airport with Cracked Flap Extender

Also at Gladstone Airport on Sunday 11 October, local plane spotter Michael F captured some photos of QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOM which has been grounded at Gladstone Airport since it arrived from Brisbane as QLK2582 on Wednesday 7 October.

Reports suggest that while on final approach into Gladstone, VH-QOM hit a bird or a flying fox which caused a significant crack to the flap extender on the starboard-side wing.  The part has been removed for replacement while VH-QOM remains grounded at Gladstone Airport.

UPDATE!  After nearly a week on the ground, VH-QOM finally departed Gladstone Airport late on Tuesday 13 October as QLK2509 to Brisbane.

All photos taken by Michael Fleetwood  ©

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