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#298456 - 02/22/21 01:01 PM Re: 2012/10/18 Signal Mirror Success: Off Sydney Aus. [Re: Ren]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3508
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Ren
That's a cool story.

Do wonder how much bureaucracy and red tape had to be dealt with to get a passenger plane involved.


Iím not an aviator, but as I understand the story and how these things work, the rescue authority contacted the aircraft directly, or possibly asked air traffic control to do so. The flight crew, having been notified, decided on their own that they could help without hazarding the aircraft.

What I donít know is what airlines might have policies about this and what they are.

#298458 - 02/22/21 01:28 PM Re: 2012/10/18 Signal Mirror Success: Off Sydney Aus. [Re: rafowell]
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Registered: 11/05/07
Posts: 296
Loc: Wales, UK
Only other time heard passenger planes been told to alter their normal routine was during the Iranian Embassy Siege.

The owner (British Airports Authority) of Heathrow airport was told to get aircraft to fly over the embassy at a lower altitude than normal. Just to create some noise cover.

#298465 - 02/23/21 06:46 AM Re: 2012/10/18 Signal Mirror Success: Off Sydney Aus. [Re: Ren]
rafowell Offline

Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 241
Loc: Southern California
Originally Posted By: Ren
That's a cool story.
Do wonder how much bureaucracy and red tape had to be dealt with to get a passenger plane involved.

Me, too, but two airliners from different airlines rerouted in this case - an Air New Zealand Airbus 320 in addition to the Air Canada Boeing 777.

Here are a few of the (many) news stories on the incident, and a few quotes from them:

"An AMSA spokeswoman said it was unusual for commercial aircraft to be called in to assist in a search and rescue effort.

"It's not common, but that's not because we try to avoid doing it," she told the Australian Associated Press. "It's because the nature of the incidents that we have aren't necessarily so remote that we can only rely on the commercial airlines."


"Later, an Air New Zealand Airbus 320 en route to Sydney from Auckland was also diverted before an Australian rescue plane arrived and dropped a life raft and satellite phone down to the stranded seaman."


{From the Associated Press:}
ďThe crew borrowed binoculars from customers and also engaged those sitting on the right hand side of the aircraft to help look. As our aircraft flew over the area at 4,000 feet, a reflection from a mirror shining upwards was spotted and the crew saw the yacht in question, de-masted with a person standing _ which was confirmed by a number of passengers."




A signal mirror should backup a radio distress signal, like a 406 MHz PLB (ACR PLB) (Ocean Signal PLB)

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