Photo Opportunities for Enthusiasts – Ash Cloud 13-6-11

Several diversions due to fog and ash in Melbourne brought a variety of airlines to Adelaide Airport today. Large images are in the 5DME “Jets” gallery.

When the ash cloud was to the east yesterday, aviation enthusiasts took the opportunity to photograph several aircraft that were diverted to Adelaide to avoid the potential hazards of the eastern states.

Air Asia A330
   
Singapore Airlines 747 Emirates 777

Ash clouds are dangerous to jet engines because of their corrosive nature and clogging of critical components. Also, there is a sand-blasting effect not only on the engines but the airframe and windows.