Storm forces pilot to abort landings
PASSENGERS applauded the skills of a QantasLink pilot for touching down safely in Gladstone on Tuesday night following aborted landings at Rockhampton during a violent thunderstorm.
Dozens of passengers clapped and thanked the pilot after she had been forced to pull out of two attempted landings at Rockhampton Airport amid heavy rain and lightning about 9pm.
More than 40mm of rain was dumped on Rockhampton in less than an hour.
The pilot had tried to land the Dash 8 Q 400, carrying more than 60 passengers, from both north and south approaches into the airport.
The plane had been due in Rockhampton at 8.25pm but eventually arrived there almost three hours late after refuelling at Gladstone where the crew also decided to ride out the storm as it moved south.
It's believed that other flights were diverted to Thangool and Brisbane during the storm.
Some Rockhampton passengers were then forced to wait more than 30 minutes in a taxi queue at the airport for a ride home due to the late arrival.