Air Canada B772 and ANZ A320 over Pacific on Oct 16th 2012, aircraft assist locating yacht in distress

Last Update: October 16, 2012 / 17:26:35 GMT/Zulu time

Bookmark this article
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 16, 2012

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air Canada

Flight number
AC-33

Aircraft Registration
C-FIUJ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-200

ICAO Type Designator
B772

An Air Canada Boeing 777-200, registration C-FIUJ performing flight AC-33 (dep Oct 14th) from Vancouver,BC (Canada) to Sydney,NS (Australia), was enroute over the Pacific Ocean about 300nm northeast of Sydney.

An ANZ Air New Zealand Airbus A320-200, registration ZK-OJE performing flight NZ-703 from Auckland (New Zealand) to Sydney,NS (Australia), was enroute over the Pacific Ocean about 600nm eastsoutheast of Sydney.

At that time Australia's emergency services received an emergency beacon from about 270nm east of Sydney.

The Boeing 777-200 was determined to be closest to that position and was requested to assess the situation, the crew changed course by about 50 degrees to overfly the location descending to about 6000 feet in the process with both crew and passengers looking out of the windows while the aircraft flew zig-zags. The occupants of the aircraft established visual contact with a yacht, the crew provided coordinates to rescue vessels on their way to the scene. The Airbus A320-200 also changed course to overfly the estimated position of the yacht and check the status.

The Boeing 777-200 reached Sydney for a safe landing with a delay of 70 minutes following punctual departure, the Airbus A320-200 landed safely in Sydney almost on estimated time of arrival.

Australia's Maritime Safety Authority said it was quite unusual to enlist the assistance of commercial airliners, the location however was so remote that only airliners in the area could provide necessary details. A Rescue Dornier aircraft was dispatched to the scene and established radio contact with the sailor. The yacht had departed Australia's coast north of Sydney two weeks ago on its way to southern Australia, but had been drifting away from Australia for about a week following the loss of the mast. A merchant ship, closest to the confirmed position of the yacht, changed course to assist the yacht until rescue ships arrive. The sailor is in good spirit. After arrival of rescue personnel it will be decided whether the yacht needs to be abandoned.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
C-FIUJ
Country of Registration
Canada
Date of Registration
Aeddd jhnnpfi qeq Subscribe to unlock
Certification Basis
Plqmpp hqqk cdcekpihlhf qcmm egcmlmqhhepdhiiA Subscribe to unlock
TCDS Ident. No.
Manufacturer
Boeing
Aircraft Model / Type
777-233LR
ICAO Aircraft Type
B772
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Maximum Take off Mass (MTOM) [kg]
Engine Count
Engine Type
Main Owner
AglfAhndgbldjpjbiddjnbeglqpeiiflnb dqjinnAjejpiqnephikAqfepql ecmlAjbc pg keqqg dmipbiAfliggcAcfiqmbe Subscribe to unlock

Aircraft registration data reproduced and distributed with the permission of the Government of Canada.

Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 16, 2012

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air Canada

Flight number
AC-33

Aircraft Registration
C-FIUJ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-200

ICAO Type Designator
B772

This article is published under license from Avherald.com. © of text by Avherald.com.
Article source

You can read 2 more free articles without a subscription.

Subscribe now and continue reading without any limits!

Are you a subscriber? Login
Subscribe

Read unlimited articles and receive our daily update briefing. Gain better insights into what is happening in commercial aviation safety.

Send tip

Support AeroInside by sending a small tip amount.

Related articles

Newest articles

Subscribe today

Are you researching aviation incidents? Get access to AeroInside Insights, unlimited read access and receive the daily newsletter.

Pick your plan and subscribe

Partner

Blockaviation logo

A new way to document and demonstrate airworthiness compliance and aircraft value. Find out more.

ELITE Logo

ELITE Simulation Solutions is a leading global provider of Flight Simulation Training Devices, IFR training software as well as flight controls and related services. Find out more.

Blue Altitude Logo

Your regulation partner, specialists in aviation safety and compliance; providing training, auditing, and consultancy services. Find out more.

AeroInside Blog
Popular aircraft
Airbus A320
Boeing 737-800
Boeing 737-800 MAX
Popular airlines
American Airlines
United
Delta
Air Canada
Lufthansa
British Airways