Thursday, 21 October 2021

Storm damages aircraft at Mackay Airport

North Queensland Airports CEO Richard Barker said the 120kph winds at Mackay airport yesterday were the fastest in the 14 years they have been recording wind speeds. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said it recorded wind gusts of up to 120 kilometres per hour at Mackay Airport at 2:45pm. The strong winds caused two light aircraft to come together causing significant damage. While larger planes were mostly unaffected and scheduled flights were still operating, Mr Barker said there had been some damage to unsecured small aircraft. Two small aircraft owners will be quite upset, because one of them is upside-down on top of the other he said.

The BOM also said 6cm-sized hail was observed near Mackay and 3cm hail at Mount Morgan this afternoon.

Aircraft No 1 Information:
Owner: Private
Aircraft: Skyfox CA25N Gazelle
Registration: VH-OKF
Serial Number: CA25N087

Aircraft No 2 Information:
Owner: Private
Aircraft: Ultralight
Registration: 25-3414
Serial Number:

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