Posted by: Maysman | August 12, 2008

For Dutch Harbor residents as

the volcanoes are going off all over the place… Just in case you were thinking of driving your car through some volcanic ash, here is…

High-pressure nozzle guide vane assembly removed from Rolls-Royce RB211-524C2-19 after volcanic ash encounter shows heavy deposits of resolidified ash on nozzle guide vane leading edges. This assemblage was removed from the British Airways B-747 that suffered a temporary four-engine flameout after flying through an ash plume from Indonesia’s Mt. Galunggung on June 24, 1982.

PilotMikeopines:  A 4-engine flameout is not good, especially when your airplane is a 4-engine airplane… This airplane instantly being transformed into a B-747 glider.  Here is the Public address made by Capt. Eric Moody to the passengers… Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. This is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are all doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress.” [hehe… Gotta love the Brits]

I remember this incident as I was flying for Continental at the time… This is a GREAT article.  At the end it states that “six months after the emergency landing…some of his hair was turning white… and…within 18 months… ALL of the 42 year old pilot’s hair had turned white…”  Here is Eric at his website where he tells you all about his adventure…



  1. Yes, I can just imagine. We drove on a highway at least 100 miles from Mt. St Helens, many weeks after it blew and there was still ash all over the place. We actually drove home a different route because of if. J

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