Chilean Volcanic Ash disrupts New Zealand /Australian Flights
WELLINGTON - A cloud of ash from an erupting volcano in Chile
has drifted over the Atlantic and Indian oceans
to lie over southern parts of New Zealand and Australia,
prompting the cancellation of dozens of flights on Sunday.
Australian carrier Qantas Airways cancelled 56 flights,
including all operations out of Melbourne
and the New Zealand hub of Auckland.
“Qantas will continue to monitor the movement of the ash cloud
and its impact on further operations,” Qantas said.
The airline, it said, had “significant experience in managing
and assessing the impact of volcanic ash on flight operations”.
Air New Zealand had earlier said it was flying at lower altitudes
and altering flight paths to avoid the ash, and did not anticipate any disruption.
The volcano in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain in Chile
has been erupting for the past week,
throwing air travel in South America into chaos,
as it spewed ash high into the atmosphere.
Qantas had earlier announced the cancellation of 22 flights,
including routes to the island state of Tasmania
and destinations in New Zealand’s South Island.
“We believe it is just too dangerous,” spokeswoman Emma Kearns said.
Air New Zealand said its aircraft would fly
at the lower altitude of 18,000 feet (5,800 metres) to remain below
the ash cloud or else take a different flight path to avoid it.
The fine particles of ash, which pose a danger to aircraft bodies and engines,
were carried east by the prevailing winds to sit between 20,000 and 35,000 feet
across southern parts of Australia and New Zealand, said Steve Sherburn,
a vulcanologist at New Zealand’s Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences.
The eruption, he said, was particularly strong
and able to keep throwing ash particles in to the atmosphere.
“If the eruption keeps going on, it could affect us for some time,” Sherburn said
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