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(Wikipedia)   Today in history on British Airways Flight 009: "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped because we just flew over a volcano"   (en.m.wikipedia.org) divider line
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2022-06-24 10:54:33 AM  
Good thing it wasn't flight 007.
 
2022-06-24 10:57:43 AM  
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2022-06-24 11:03:07 AM  
Moody described it as "a bit like negotiating one's way up a badger's arse."

Galungugg gliding club
 
2022-06-24 11:14:31 AM  
"How far can we get on one engine?"
"All the way to the scene of the crash.  Hell, I bet we beat the paramedics there by 30 minutes."

/Ron White
 
2022-06-24 11:14:57 AM  
It also sandblasted their windshield so they couldn't make out the runway. That thing not crashing was one of the most impressive aviation feats ever.
 
2022-06-24 11:17:06 AM  
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2022-06-24 11:17:59 AM  
Illegitimi non carborundumIn this case the bastards are the microscopic volcanic ash particles.
  
2022-06-24 11:21:37 AM  
Capt. Eric Moody's first-person ILAFFT (I Learned About Flying From That) account is in four PDFs on his web page:
http://www.ericmoody.com/

It's worth reading, even if you know the story.
 
2022-06-24 11:22:43 AM  
It was worse than that. They didn't know that it was a volcano at the time. It was just "engines off, WTF??".
 
2022-06-24 11:27:27 AM  
I like the part where they reopened the airspace shortly thereafter, whereupon another plane flew through the ash cloud and had all but one of its engines shut down as well.
 
2022-06-24 11:28:43 AM  

Ambitwistor: I like the part where they reopened the airspace shortly thereafter, whereupon another plane flew through the ash cloud and had all but one of its engines shut down as well.


Eventually, the problem was taken seriously.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcanic_Ash_Advisory_Center
 
2022-06-24 11:39:50 AM  
That was a crazy episode of Mayday. Flying through the ash cloud looked like travelling at hyperspace in Star Wars
 
2022-06-24 11:41:01 AM  
I've tried to convince Boeing this is preventable if you put some of the engines on backwards, but they just won't listen.
 
2022-06-24 11:45:04 AM  
So?  Float the plane down like a glyder.  God damn do I have to do everything around here?

/s obviously
 
2022-06-24 11:55:17 AM  

ViolentEastCoastCity: /s obviously


Take that shiat back to reddit. If you're too stupid to recognize sarcasm, you shouldn't be on this website.
 
2022-06-24 11:55:54 AM  
In a world where people are called a "hero" for simply finding their way out of the bathroom without a map, this flight crew rises to the older definition of what actual "heroes" were.
 
2022-06-24 12:14:42 PM  

zimbomba63: In a world where people are called a "hero" for simply finding their way out of the bathroom without a map, this flight crew rises to the older definition of what actual "heroes" were.


The phrase "Ice Cold Brass Balls" is what comes to my mind.
 
2022-06-24 12:38:31 PM  
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2022-06-24 12:42:14 PM  
FTA:  G-BDXH's engineless flight entered the Guinness Book of Records as the longest glide in a non-purpose-built aircraft (this record was later broken by Air Canada Flight 143 in 1983 and Air Transat Flight 236 in 2001).

That is one record that absolutely nobody ever attempts to break.
 
2022-06-24 12:49:13 PM  

Ivo Shandor: It was worse than that. They didn't know that it was a volcano at the time. It was just "engines off, WTF??".


And they couldn't see out their windshield due to the ash covering it.

And many of their cockpit computers and instruments were malfunctioning.

Andthere was smoke from the volcano in the cabin.

They must have thought they were in a bad episode of the Twilight Zone.  Crazy shiat.
 
2022-06-24 12:49:18 PM  

zimbomba63: In a world where people are called a "hero" for simply finding their way out of the bathroom without a map, this flight crew rises to the older definition of what actual "heroes" were.


Surviving something unexpected isn't really heroic.  It's not like they chose to fly through volcanic ash in order to bring medical supplies through a blockade or something.
 
2022-06-24 12:55:52 PM  
"Captain, are you telling us everything?"

"Not exactly, we're also out of coffee."
 
2022-06-24 12:57:26 PM  

Laptopia: FTA:  G-BDXH's engineless flight entered the Guinness Book of Records as the longest glide in a non-purpose-built aircraft (this record was later broken by Air Canada Flight 143 in 1983 and Air Transat Flight 236 in 2001).

That is one record that absolutely nobody ever attempts to break.


Was just thinking about the Gimli Glider.

Flying is easy. Not crashing is the hard part.
 
2022-06-24 1:06:50 PM  
Seems excessive number of people to sacrifice to the Volcano Gods.
 
2022-06-24 1:07:06 PM  

baronbloodbath: Was just thinking about the Gimli Glider.


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2022-06-24 1:11:15 PM  

wegro: ViolentEastCoastCity: /s obviously

Take that shiat back to reddit. If you're too stupid to recognize sarcasm, you shouldn't be on this website.


I assume you're being sarcastic right now.
 
2022-06-24 1:15:26 PM  

cheeseaholic: zimbomba63: In a world where people are called a "hero" for simply finding their way out of the bathroom without a map, this flight crew rises to the older definition of what actual "heroes" were.

Surviving something unexpected isn't really heroic.  It's not like they chose to fly through volcanic ash in order to bring medical supplies through a blockade or something.


Heroes rise to the unexpected situation and attempt to save the day using their skill, the vast majority of population will panic in these situations and die with those around them.
 
2022-06-24 1:27:34 PM  

rideaurocks: That was a crazy episode of Mayday. Flying through the ash cloud looked like travelling at hyperspace in Star Wars


The bit where the pilot comes on and tells the passengers "we're having a bit of a problem, we seem to have lost all four engines" may be the most British announcement ever made.
 
2022-06-24 1:47:26 PM  

Gyrfalcon: rideaurocks: That was a crazy episode of Mayday. Flying through the ash cloud looked like travelling at hyperspace in Star Wars

The bit where the pilot comes on and tells the passengers "we're having a bit of a problem, we seem to have lost all four engines" may be the most British announcement ever made.


What's all this then.
 
2022-06-24 2:26:39 PM  

Gyrfalcon: rideaurocks: That was a crazy episode of Mayday. Flying through the ash cloud looked like travelling at hyperspace in Star Wars

The bit where the pilot comes on and tells the passengers "we're having a bit of a problem, we seem to have lost all four engines" may be the most British announcement ever made.


The only thing that could make it more British would be the announcement that, "The tea cart will be around shortly".
 
2022-06-24 2:30:24 PM  

zimbomba63: Gyrfalcon: rideaurocks: That was a crazy episode of Mayday. Flying through the ash cloud looked like travelling at hyperspace in Star Wars

The bit where the pilot comes on and tells the passengers "we're having a bit of a problem, we seem to have lost all four engines" may be the most British announcement ever made.

The only thing that could make it more British would be the announcement that, "The tea cart will be around shortly".


I would have preferred the diaper cart be wheeled around shortly.    Or the parachute cart.
 
2022-06-24 3:38:53 PM  
I swear I saw this exchange in a Gimli Glider movie, maybe that 1995 one.

"So we filled you with 20,000 [fuel]."

"Is that gallons, or liters?"

"I thought it was pounds."
...
Yeah, there's gonna be a problem.
 
2022-06-24 3:57:40 PM  
Now they'll be up there all day.

/veal's good
 
2022-06-24 4:12:02 PM  
I'm really surprised that a volcanic ash cloud doesn't even show up on aircraft radars.

As one heck of a thunderstorm if nothing else.
 
2022-06-24 4:15:00 PM  
When all of the engines fail the last thing on the captain's mind is keeping the passengers informed of the situation. Don't expect to hear from the captain at all in an emergency, that's what the flight attendants are for.
 
2022-06-24 4:15:40 PM  

Geotpf: Ivo Shandor: It was worse than that. They didn't know that it was a volcano at the time. It was just "engines off, WTF??".

And they couldn't see out their windshield due to the ash covering it.

And many of their cockpit computers and instruments were malfunctioning.

Andthere was smoke from the volcano in the cabin.

They must have thought they were in a bad episode of the Twilight Zone.  Crazy shiat.


And without any engines they can't pressurize the cabin or change the air.
 
2022-06-24 4:21:08 PM  

Jedbone: I swear I saw this exchange in a Gimli Glider movie, maybe that 1995 one.

"So we filled you with 20,000 [fuel]."

"Is that gallons, or liters?"

"I thought it was pounds."
...
Yeah, there's gonna be a problem.


It was an issue of pounds vs. kilograms (someone screwed up the conversion), along with a failed fuel gauge which would have shown the problem sooner.
 
2022-06-24 5:07:54 PM  

studebaker hoch: I'm really surprised that a volcanic ash cloud doesn't even show up on aircraft radars.

As one heck of a thunderstorm if nothing else.


Apparently not since the radar detects water. No water in a dry cloud of ash, lightning or no.
 
2022-06-24 5:08:38 PM  

studebaker hoch: I'm really surprised that a volcanic ash cloud doesn't even show up on aircraft radars.

As one heck of a thunderstorm if nothing else.


I could be wrong, but I expect it has to do with differing particle sizes between water droplets and bits of ash. A weather radar operates on a frequency/wavelength intended to detect the former, so if there's ash, the individual particles might well be too small to be detected efficiently.
 
2022-06-24 5:47:23 PM  

Zeroth Law: studebaker hoch: I'm really surprised that a volcanic ash cloud doesn't even show up on aircraft radars.

As one heck of a thunderstorm if nothing else.

Apparently not since the radar detects water. No water in a dry cloud of ash, lightning or no.


Somebody read TFA!
 
2022-06-24 5:57:00 PM  

Mad Bowl Hoo: Zeroth Law: studebaker hoch: I'm really surprised that a volcanic ash cloud doesn't even show up on aircraft radars.

As one heck of a thunderstorm if nothing else.

Apparently not since the radar detects water. No water in a dry cloud of ash, lightning or no.

Somebody read TFA!


You're asking quite a bit for a Fark thread. Most Farker's Weeners and read the article later (if at all).
 
2022-06-24 6:46:24 PM  

Mad Bowl Hoo: Zeroth Law: studebaker hoch: I'm really surprised that a volcanic ash cloud doesn't even show up on aircraft radars.

As one heck of a thunderstorm if nothing else.

Apparently not since the radar detects water. No water in a dry cloud of ash, lightning or no.

Somebody read TFA!


Read the article? How long have you been here?
 
2022-06-24 7:49:21 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Jedbone: I swear I saw this exchange in a Gimli Glider movie, maybe that 1995 one.

"So we filled you with 20,000 [fuel]."

"Is that gallons, or liters?"

"I thought it was pounds."
...
Yeah, there's gonna be a problem.

It was an issue of pounds vs. kilograms (someone screwed up the conversion), along with a failed fuel gauge which would have shown the problem sooner.


I was reading about that on Wiki just now. You would think that not having a working fuel gauge would rise to the level of "you're not going anywhere today."
 
2022-06-24 11:42:18 PM  

wxboy: studebaker hoch: I'm really surprised that a volcanic ash cloud doesn't even show up on aircraft radars.

As one heck of a thunderstorm if nothing else.

I could be wrong, but I expect it has to do with differing particle sizes between water droplets and bits of ash. A weather radar operates on a frequency/wavelength intended to detect the former, so if there's ash, the individual particles might well be too small to be detected efficiently.


Radars now are a lot better than they were in 1982.
 
2022-06-25 12:47:00 AM  

ArkPanda: Ivo Shandor: Jedbone: I swear I saw this exchange in a Gimli Glider movie, maybe that 1995 one.

"So we filled you with 20,000 [fuel]."

"Is that gallons, or liters?"

"I thought it was pounds."
...
Yeah, there's gonna be a problem.

It was an issue of pounds vs. kilograms (someone screwed up the conversion), along with a failed fuel gauge which would have shown the problem sooner.

I was reading about that on Wiki just now. You would think that not having a working fuel gauge would rise to the level of "you're not going anywhere today."


You don't live in the real world, do you.
 
2022-06-25 2:42:27 AM  

Mad Bowl Hoo: The only thing that could make it more British would be the announcement that, "The tea cart will be around shortly".

I would have preferred the diaper cart be wheeled around shortly. Or the parachute cart.


You must not be british then :)
 
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