A330-300 VH-QPF was sent on a search mission from Perth for missing 16 year old round the world yachtswoman Abby Sunderland. The yacht was missing around 2,000 miles east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Perth has an A330-300 spare today as there is a QF67 service to Hong Kong at 22.15, therefore no scheduled services were affected. The yacht was successfully located and the QANTAS jet spent around two hours circling over the vessel to co-ordinate radio operations directing ships to the scene.

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