Qantas flight makes rare diversion for sea rescue

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/266ab/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> A Qantas Boeing 767 aircraft made a rare diversion to help a sea rescue mission on Monday after pilots were asked to monitor a life-raft drifting off southern Australia. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said it requested Qantas’ help after a search and rescue aircraft found the raft drifting 95 nautical miles (180 kilometres) off the town of Esperance early Monday morning. “We did request that Qantas help,” a spokeswoman said. “We diverted the aircraft because there was going to be a gap between when the fixed-wing (rescue) aircraft had to leave the scene and a RAAF Hercules (air force transport plane) was going to be on scene. We didn’t want to lose sight of the life-raft. “They were certainly willing to assist which was a really good thing.” Qantas said Flight 475 carrying 226 passengers from Sydney to Perth was briefly diverted to keep an eye on the life-raft, which had set off a distress beacon. “The Hercules ended up making it there before we did so we weren’t required in the end,” a Qantas spokeswoman said.Three people were later rescued from the life-raft. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img

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