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
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.
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