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A Thomas Cook 757 out of Manchester had to turn back to the airport yesterday after a heavy smell of ash in the cockpit/cabin and subsequent failure of one of the engines bleed air valves. The pilot immediately turned back and was able to land safely with both engines functional; however, it shows the danger still present in the skies. They encountered the smell around 16000 and up to 30000.
World Airways operating CF-6-80 (older engines) also had a problem. Aircraft had to land and at least one engine is off the pylon right now.
Originally posted by Esrom Escutcheon Esquire
Intresting. We'll have to see how this develops.
Guess we're not out of the woods yet... Or should that be ash clouds..?