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The Bellinghman
Date: 2010-04-15 10:11
Subject: Okay ...
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It's not just Scotland.

I see that BAA are suspending all flights out of Heathrow and Stansted.

(Looks out of window)

Is that just overcast, or is it volcanic dust?

Looking at the map, they appear to be following the precautionary principle, so we probably don't actually have dust over us right now, not down here, but they don't want to send planes up into something that might cause severe damage to turbojets. (Not since the scary time a 747 lost all 4 engines and nearly came down as a result.)

ETA: following crazyscot's link will bring you to this page of graphics file links, of which this one shows the latest forecast.

ETA: farewell, Denmark. They're closing their airspace at 1600Z.
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User: mizkit
Date: 2010-04-15 12:09 (UTC)
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That happened in Alaska when I was a teenager. The volcano across the inlet from us went off, spewed ash five miles into the air, it got snatched north in no time, a plane leaving Fairbanks had no idea the cloud up ahead was ash, flew in, all the engines quit, and they fell two miles before they got the engines started again.

Ever since I heard about that I could never decide if I would 1. fly everywhere for the rest of my life, because the chances of that happening again were so infintesimally small, or 2. never ever ever get on a plane again. :)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-04-15 12:29 (UTC)
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Presumably that was KLM Flight 867 getting tangled up in Mt Redoubt's plume in 1989.

As far as I can see, that incident and the one that megabitch's sister was involved in are the two famous cases, and I'm not aware of any others, presumably because airliners treat volcanic plumes with a lot more respect these days. And it's not as though they're going to be unaware of them, either. A volcano uploading a few cubic km of ash into the atmosphere tends to get noticed.
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User: mizkit
Date: 2010-04-15 12:35 (UTC)
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Yep, that was it. Ok, so I was wrong about where it was coming from, but yep!
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