Air Canada flight helps locate sailor off Australian coast – World – CBC News

An Air Canada 777-300 touches down in Toronto in this photo from 2010. The actual plane that performed the search was a -200 model.   Photo: Doug McElroy – OPShots Contributor //

Australian authorities are thanking the crew of an Air Canada flight for helping to locate a sailor in distress off the country’s east coast.The Australian Maritime Safety Authority AMSA said Tuesday it received an emergency beacon activation at 8:15 a.m. local time, coming from approximately 270 nautical miles 500 kilometres east of Sydney.The AMSA requested Air Canada Flight AC033, a Boeing 777 en route from Vancouver to Sydney with 270 passengers and 18 crew aboard, to divert to the area of the beacon.”The location of the beacon was within a flight path, so we needed to assess the situation and the Boeing 777 was the closest asset available to us,” Jo Meehan of the AMSA told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

via Air Canada flight helps locate sailor off Australian coast – World – CBC News.

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I started OPShots in June 2006 as a place to share and display aviation photos without the often restrictive policies of other aviation websites. I want to share my love of aviation with fellow aviation geeks and provide a spotlight on Cleveland Hopkins International airport in the process.

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