Mount Sinabung blows in Indonesia, creating flight chaos
Planning on flying around South East Asia this week? Well you might be in for some delays.
NORTH SUMATRA, INDONESIA — Indonesia's Mount Sinabung started spewing ash earlier this week, prompting the country to issue flight warnings.
According to the Guardian, volcanic ash had been sent to heights of 7km. If ash comes into contact with aircraft engine, glass inside it can melt inside the combustion chamber, reports Wired. That can cause the plane's blades to stick together and stall the engine.
Ash particles can also become lodged inside the pitot tubes, a plane's airspeed sensors. If blocked, they may provide pilots with false readings.
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