FT member tcook052 has posted the good-news story of the week. Imagine this. You’re cruising around 35,000 ft. on an AC flight headed to Australia, about an hour out of Sydney. There’s nothing but blue sky and a bluer Pacific outside your window seat. The Canadian pilot gets on the PA and says something like: We’re going to make a little diversion. Maybe drop 30,000 ft. and a 100 miles off course. Could you help me look for a yacht in trouble down there?
Here’s what CTV News said:
Passengers and crew aboard an Air Canada flight are being credited for their assistance in locating a yacht and its crew in distress off the coast of Australia.
Air Canada flight 033 from Vancouver and another Air New Zealand jet, flying from Auckland, were headed to Sydney when they were both asked to divert course.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority was investigating the signal from an emergency beacon activated at 8:15 a.m. local time Tuesday morning, and wanted help confirming the GPS location.
Flight crew and passengers aboard the Air Canada flight, peering out the windows from an altitude of approximately 6,000 feet, helped locate the yacht 275 nautical miles east of Sydney.