Just got off VA96, originally routed CHC-MEL
Ended up holding for about 30 mins near Traralgon before we diverted to LST.
Stayed on board whilst the plane refueled and took off bound for MEL again, we attempted to land at MEL but the captain chose to pull out and took us to SYD instead, where I am now.
VA have been very helpful throughout this entire situation.
I’m puzzled AVV isn’t an alternate. The QF10 must’ve been low on gas to divert into AVV.
I imagine the lack of VA operations there, combined with more customs & connections at SYD made it a preferable alternative.
Ouch that’s ugly! I wonder why he couldn’t get in for a second shot when everyone else was getting in by that time.
I always feel for groundstaff on nights like tonight, they’d be torn apart
We went down to a little under 10,000ft (according to the FR24 playback) before pulling back out, it seemed like a very vicious storm, you could see flashes of lightning from the right side of the aircraft. The staff where helpful and evidently did as much as they could.
A grand tour of the Tasman Sea/Bass Strait! How long will you have to wait for a hotel though? :)
Like EK413 said, really puzzling that AVV isn't/wasn't used as an alternate (Air Asia landed as normal when everyone else was doing doughies over Port Phillip/Bendigo/Wangaratta).
Lack of Virgin group operations at AVV, perhaps?
The whole ordeal meant we spent a little over 9 hours on the aircraft, not getting into SYD until 11:30, the staff spent the next hour or so sorting out hotels & flights. I spent last night at a Novotel near the CBD, which I didnt get to sleep until 2.
Like I mentioned before I imagine the better customs/connections/VA operations offered at SYD made it preferable.
Thanks everyone for their concerns, i'm flying back to Perth on board VA599 later today, which is scheduled as being an a330 rather then the 737 I was originally supposed to take from MEL-PER.