Vapour trail sparks wild rumours

ALLORA photographer Kirsty Hellmech grabbed her trusty camera early yesterday morning to capture images of condensation trails left by aircraft diverted from Brisbane Airport due to the thick fog.

A rumour doing the rounds of town yesterday suggested the trails were caused by an aircraft dumping fuel in preparation for an emergency landing in Brisbane, but a call to the airport authorities put that one to rest.

A spokeswoman said fuel dumps were “rare and very expensive” and were only ever done out at sea and at a sufficient height to ensure the fuel dissipated in the atmosphere.

“There was a lot of craziness at Brisbane Airport due to the fog, but I can confirm there were no emergency incidents,” the spokeswoman said.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Ben Annells said light rain would hang around for much of the weekend.

“Today will hit a high of about 23 degrees with a bit of fog about but will turn to cloud and drizzly tomorrow morning,” Mr Annells said.



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