Chile Volcano Eruption

June 12, 2011 by staff 

Chile Volcano EruptionChile Volcano Eruption, Qantas Airways Ltd., Australia’s largest airline, and its budget brand Jetstar cancels 88 flights due to ash cloud created by a volcanic eruption in the Andes in southern Chile.

“Safety is always ahead of schedule,” said Sydney-based spokeswoman Olivia Wirth in an e-mailed response to questions. The airline canceled all flights to and from Tasmania, Australia, and today some New Zealand services. Jetstar has made 66 flights, affecting 8,600 passengers, said spokeswoman Jennifer Timm, said by telephone.

Airlines canceled about 320 flights in and out of two international airports in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on June 9 after the eruption, which began eight days ago, according to operator terminals, Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 SA. New Zealand airspace may be affected for at least a week, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority said yesterday.

The complex of Puyehue-Cord? N Caulle major volcanic eruptions previously in 1921-22 and 1960, according to the Washington-based Smithsonian Institution. The volcano can erupt for a further period of 10 days, Chilean Mining and Energy Minister Laurence Golborne said on 8 June.

Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd., will be canceled three services to New Zealand today because of the ash cloud, Melissa Thompson, a spokeswoman based in Brisbane, said in an emailed statement.


Air New Zealand Ltd., a company controlled by the state of the country, does not expect delays or cancellations, a spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. The airline operates has changed flight paths and altitude levels where appropriate, the statement said, citing Chief Pilot Captain David Morgan.

“They are very fine particles that can damage the windshield of the aircraft and the fuselage,” said Bill Sommer, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand in a telephone interview. “It can also cause problems for engines and has been known to enter water systems. It’s almost like sand blasting.”

In 1982, the four engines of a British Airways Boeing 747 stalled when the plane was found dumped ash from Mount Galunggung in Indonesia. The plane went down nearly four miles before the pilot was able to restart three engines and make an emergency landing in Jakarta.

Eyjafjallaj the eruption of Iceland? Kull volcano in April 2010 caused the cancellation of more than 100,000 flights amid concerns that as the glass particles are formed when the lava cooled by the ice could melt in aircraft engines and turbines obstruction.

“Qantas has extensive experience in managing and evaluating the impact of volcanic ash in flight operations,” said Qantas spokesman Wirth. “This includes the management of services to Europe during the Icelandic volcano.”

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