Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sydney Storms Cause Flights from Hamilton Island Airport to Divert - Plus Some Diversions from Mackay Airport Due Weather

Some spectacular storms rumbled their way through Sydney during the afternoon on Friday 17 February resulting in two flights that originated at Hamilton Island Airport having to divert to different locations elsewhere in New South Wales.

Due to the weather around Sydney Airport, Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-YVC operating as VOZ1280 from Hamo to Sydney was forced to divert to Canberra, while QantasLink (Cobham Aviation) Boeing B717-200 VH-NXL operating as QJE1573 also from Hamo to Sydney was forced to divert to Newcastle (Williamtown).

Meanwhile, two days prior on Wednesday 15 February, heavy rain and low cloud affected some inbound and outbound flights at Mackay Airport.

Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-YFR operating as VOZ607 from Brisbane to Mackay spent some time holding to the South-East of Mackay before it eventually diverted to Rockhampton Airport.  It later departed Rocky and successfully landed at Mackay Airport.

Several QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 flights in and out of Mackay Airport were affected including the QLK2512 flight from Brisbane to Mackay - operated by VH-QOT - which also diverted to Rockhampton Airport.  It however later returned to Brisbane as QLK2513.

The QLK2306 flight from Rockhampton to Mackay - operated by VH-LQL - held for some time North-West of Mackay Airport before continuing on to Townsville.

The QLK2305 flight from Townsville to Mackay - operated by VH-QOU - held for some time South-West of Proserpine before continuing on to Rockhampton.

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