Alaska volcano propels ash more than 20,000 feet into the air
March 28, 2016 - Uncategorized
A volcano in Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands erupted on Sunday, tossing ash at least 20,000 feet into the air and prompting aviation alerts.
On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration cited pilot reports and satellite data showing that the ash cloud had risen in height and spread rapidly northeast. The cloud is now as high as 37,000 feet, which is in the typical cruising altitude range of most jetliners.
This is likely impacting some flights across the Pacific, since modern jetliners can experience major engine malfunctions — possibly even engine failures — if they fly through clouds of volcanic ash. Read more…