Volcanic Ash Affects Airlines (In Case You Didn’t Hear)

You may have seen photos of that most unpronounceable volcano or airport departure boards listing nothing but CANCELLED, but here’s an interesting look at another side of the ash spewing over Europe.

AirSpace user flame captured this photo of Ryanair 737-800s with their engines wrapped up to protect them from being exposed to ash. Some airlines fear the ash has potential to damage the engines in the long-term.

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  • For a historical perspective, in 1982 volcanic ash brought down a British Airways B747-200 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Australia’s Perth. You can read about the incident, including our original 1982 coverage, here.

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2 Responses to Volcanic Ash Affects Airlines (In Case You Didn’t Hear)

  1. Dom 21 April, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    So if the danger to engines is to be believed, which from the pictures of the F-18 it should be, why has the CAA removed the ban on flying in UK airspace?
    Have they changed their decision based on the finacial loss that is being felt by the airlines, if so what about their primary role of ensuring aviation safety?

  2. sturmovik 23 April, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    Y’know, ‘brought down’ seems to imply a crash, and while the BA 747 did eventually come down (safely), I’d say that ‘brought down’ is kinda misleading here, to those unfamiliar with the story.

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