It is assumed that the smart little Airbus was in town to process and transport the detained crew members of a Vietnamese fishing boat that were brought ashore earlier in the day after being spotted fishing illegally near Saumarez Reef off Gladstone last week during an Australian Border Force (ABF) surveillance flight.
VH-VHD was loaded and later departed to Darwin.
Of interest, the Skytraders A319 VH-VHD operated a similar flight into Gladstone Airport in early December 2016 - see Blog post HERE.
Skytaders is the provider of specialist air services to the Australian Federal Government. They operate charters to Antarctica and provide transport for refugees / illegal immigrants around Australia and parts of the Pacific. The Skytraders website can be found at: http://skytraders.com.au/
It was a busy night at Gladstone Airport on Wednesday 12 April with an Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 jet and LifeFlight LearJet 45 also touching down - stay tuned for more!
Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Michael F for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!
All photos taken by Michael Fleetwood ©