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Old 19th Nov 2009, 00:40
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Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Perth
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Wow! Not a decision I would like to have made

Remember going in their a few years ago where the dew point and reported temps were fast closing.

By the time I got there, the cloud base was too low to even think of commencing an approach, but plenty of clear areas over the water, so short of diverting to Noumea, only alternative was to descend over the water to do a vis approach.
The approach was below cliff height with a climb to the threshold of the rwy.

The FSO recounted of a coastwatch Shrike that almost had to ditch under similar circumstances the day before. I felt for him.

Great job to pull off a ditching at night with quick Jet and recover all persons
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