Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Heavy Rain Closes Bundaberg Airport Monday - Alliance Fokker F-100 Catch-up Flight Plus Qld Gvt Hawker 850XP Bizjet VH-SGY Touch Down on Tuesday!

On Monday 2 October, the Bundaberg region was drenched with more than 340mm of rain in a 24-hour time period, causing havoc for residents and emergency services.  Roads were flooded, homes and businesses were inundated with water and a mini tornado tore through parts of the rum city leaving behind a massive clean up.  The weather event has been recognised as Bundaberg's  biggest one-day downpour in more than half-a-century.

And it also caused problems for travellers who were trying to flying in and out of Bundaberg Airport.  The early-afternoon Alliance Airlines flight (on behalf of Virgin Australia) could not land and returned to Brisbane, while all afternoon and evening QantasLink flights were cancelled as the Airport was flooded.

As a consequence, early on Tuesday 3 October, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-XWO was noted visiting Bundaberg Airport operating an additional flight as VOZ9535/9536 (for Virgin Australia).

Also on Tuesday 3 October, the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY visited Bundaberg Airport arriving from Brisbane.  It later departed Bundy for the Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport before returning to the capital a little later.

McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 VH-MWZ was also noted visiting Bundaberg Airport on Tuesday 3 October, while Seair Pacific / Istlecote Cessna 208 Caravans VH-VCW, VH-TWX and VH-LMZ were also noted visiting.

At the time of writing, Bontrail (Strahman Farms) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-SJJ was due to visit Bundaberg Airport from its Toowoomba base on Wednesday 4 October.

UPDATE!  VH-SJJ visited Bundy once again on Thursday 5 October too!

Photos taken by Priyank Krishna  ©

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