The Qantas jumbo on the runway at Gold Coast Airport.
The Qantas jumbo on the runway at Gold Coast Airport. reidymitchell/Instagram

VIDEO: Jumbo jet prompts excitement at GC Airport

TELLTALE signs of unusual aircraft activity impressed Tweed residents today as the early morning sky became a canvas for pilot creativity as they made way for a jumbo jet.

Contrails left by low flying aircraft were seen criss-crossing the crisp winter sky, as foggy conditions in Brisbane caused the diversion of several aircraft to the Gold Coast Airport this morning.

Those diverted included a Qantas Boeing 747 from Los Angeles which impressed onlookers as it touched down at about 8.30am.

It is the first time since 1984 a Boeing 747 has landed on the Gold Coast.

Qantas Jumbo Jet takes off from GC Airport: Qantas Jumbo Jet takes off from Gold Coast Airport on July 19, 2016. By Scott Powick.
Qantas Jumbo Jet takes off from GC Airport: Qantas Jumbo Jet takes off from Gold Coast Airport on July 19, 2016. By Scott Powick.

Bob Treadwell of Terranora phoned the Tweed Daily News to say the contrails - formed when water vapour freezes on aerosols coming from a plane’s exhaust - made for an exciting spectacle.

“It’s just fascinating seeing all the air traffic being diverted from the airport over our skies,” Mr Treadwell said.

The flight, QF16, departed the Gold Coast for Brisbane at about 10.45am, arriving at its original destination at 11.20am.

A Gold Coast Airport spokesperson said there were seven diversions from Brisbane this morning due to the fog experienced at Brisbane Airport and one of those was the Boeing 747.

Affected aircraft were put in a holding pattern over Gold Coast Airport for up to an hour and there were no security or safety issues with the diversions.

Contrails, as seen at Tweed Heads South.
Contrails, as seen at Tweed Heads South. Alina Rylko