Following incidents have been reported after the re-opening of UK airspace last night and are currently believed to have been caused by volcanic ash. But please note that these events are *still* under investigation.
A World Airways Boeing MD-11, operating for Allied Air, that flew from Benghazi, Libya to Ostend-Bruges, Belgium via Maastrichat ( on 20th ) was grounded due to ash found in engines. The engine reportedly suffered non-serious damage. The aircraft is currently being inspected.
The aircraft in question is N384WA. Allied Air is a Nigerian operator.
A Thomas Cook 757, reg G-JMCF, on a positioning flight as TCX952P, returned to Manchester due to a loss of compressor bleed air from one engine after crew sensed an ‘intense smell of volcanic ash’ during the climb between FL160-FL200. The aircraft was out over the North Sea off Nofolk/Suffolk.
The live ATC recording of the Thomas Cook incident could be found here .
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