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Tim Holding Mountain Rescue

Old 1st Sep 2009, 03:12
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Tim Holding Mountain Rescue

Herald Sun quote -

A private aircraft, not related to the search, spotted Mr Holding last night while he was wearing a headlamp given to him by his partner for his birthday last month.

Deputy Comissioner Kieran Walshe said he could not discuss the use of the aircraft because of security reasons.

The plane had spied a possible camp site overnight, narrowing the search area this morning.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the plane used was not a police plane but she could not comment further on the aircraft.

A police chopper winched the 37-year-old to safety from Mount Feathertop about 10am.


Any clues on the 'secret security sensitive' aircraft???
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 03:31
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Heard the super secret security sensitive aircraft was a news helicopter!
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 03:34
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Yeah, I read it was the Ch7 chopper.
 
Old 1st Sep 2009, 03:53
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The helicopters were flying this morning, not last night.
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 04:03
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Question Okay...Who found Timmy?

This is interesting...(my bolds)

Minister reunited with parents, partner after dramatic air rescue

Deputy Comissioner Kieran Walshe said he could not discuss the use of the aircraft because of security reasons.
The plane had spied a possible camp site overnight, narrowing the search area this morning.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the plane used was not a police plane but she could not comment further on the aircraft.
WTF?
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 04:16
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Could it have been the AMSA Dornier? Whatever it was it worked.
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 04:21
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some reports said it was an AFP plane. do the AFP even operate aircraft?
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 04:34
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There were reports it was Channel 7 chopper. Can't verify it.

That might explain the reluctance of the walloper to talk if his blokes didn't find the lost pollie.
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 04:35
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 04:39
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So is he going to make a donation for his rescue?

Usually the pollies are the first to call for such a thing when someone is in the same position. Will be interesting to see what happens
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 05:10
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The link quoted in post #1 now says:

The Channel Seven news crew, flying overhead in a chopper, was the first to spot Mr Holding.
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 05:10
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Story around the traps last year was that the AFP was heavily modifying an aircraft for surveillance roles - rumour was it is a Grand Caravan and was decked out with some pretty high end FLIR and so on. I do know that the AFP were flight testing an aircraft as of mid-last year. Not out of the question to bring it down from Canberra (or wherever) for a bit of operational testing under the cover of darkness!
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 05:52
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Why do that when the PAW has FLIR on the Dauphin ? .. or, at least, they used to have the installation ?
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 05:53
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Wasn't that black and red Caravan that landed at YSSY yesterday was it? (probably wasn't but it had a great looking paint scheme)
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 06:35
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Channel 9 News just stated that it was their chopper that spotted him!
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 06:49
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 06:55
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Isn't that Black Toyota's van out of Toowoomba?
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Channel 9 News just stated that it was their chopper that spotted him!
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 07:39
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It's the Harold Holt retrieval squadron running a little over budget, and a tad late
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