The Sun is running a neat picture taken by a passenger flying over Montserrat. They have it blocked, but it looks something like this:
Soufriere Hills has been very active for a few years. The story is kinda cool. I’d love to have been on that airplane. But the comments are even more fun.
Is that not dangerous ,passegers moving from one side off the plane to another ???
The wittiest response:
Quite right Nobynoah. Whenever there is a plane crash, the first thing accident investigators do is establish if all the passengers rushed to one side to have a look out the window.
The more pragmatic, the mass of 1/2 of the passengers moving from one side of the plane to the other is a tiny percentage of the total mass of the airplane. Given the inertia of the other half of the passengers in addition to the mass of the plane traveling at several hundred miles an hour, very little effect is created to the left. If it does, I’m sure the pilot will rev the engines a little.
Does the pilot realise, if the ash from the volcano gets within the engines of the plane, it can shut down all the engines simultaneously. This would then require the pilot to start-stop the engines about twenty times to restart them all.
Not only this, flying through the ash, will indefinately scratch the planes windshield, so that visibilty is nun.
Dont you love the discovery channel.
Wow, Shan-abbas, pilots everywhere will be thanking you for this top tip. How’s the plane-spotting going, by the way?
The answer is actually quite simply. It depends on which way the wind is blowing. They’re quite far away. If the wind’s not blowing directly at them, it will dissipate a long time before it gets there.
So, if you see a volcano erupting while you’re flying, as long as it’s in the distance, rush to the window and take pics. I think they’re sooooo cool!