It was on 24 June 1982 that the world learned, in dramatic fashion for the first time, precisely what kind of damage tropopausal volcanic ash can do to an aircraft. Since then a network of volcanic ash advisory centres – nine of them worldwide – have been set up to monitor occurrences and track their progress until the clouds dissipate.
A British Airways Boeing 747-200 out of
The crew decided to head for
The aircraft landed safely at