Eventful ferry flight for ex-Ansett BAe 146

BAe 146-300 N9070L

BAe 146-300 N9070L at Bournemouth (A J Best)

Former Ansett BAe 146-300 N9070L (msn E3147 ex ZK-NZJ) made an eventful ferry flight to England. She had been acquired by OzJet parent European Aviation and registered to Trevor S. Whetter (a managing director of EAAC). As she lacked TCAS, RNAV, or Long Range Navigational equipment she was unable to obtain permits to overfly the Middle East. As a result, a westerly ferry route was selected. She departed Melbourne on March 4, passing through Adelaide before continuing to Darwin. There, some technical problems delayed her until March 6, when flew to Kota Kinabalu, and on to Taipei and then Seoul. The following morning, she departed Seoul en route to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, but a shattered windscreen forced a return to Seoul. After the windscreen had been repaired, she departed again on 11 March, only to be forced to return again with another shattered windscreen! She departed again on 16 March after the windscreen had been repaired again, and the third time proved a charm. She flew Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, in Russia, and then on to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, before crossing to Nome, Alaska, and continuing to Juneau. The next day saw her fly on to Edmonton. After a day of rest, she continued on 19 March to Churchill, Iqaluit, and Keflavik. 20 March saw her fly her last leg, from Keflavik to Hurn. The ferry took an astounding 49 hrs and 45 mins.

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