ISSUE 4, January 2003
Editorial
History: The Wilde Oxford Mason
Captain Courageous: Mason Eric Moody's Horror Flight
Travel: Weekend Tonic
Quarterly Communication: Address by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter
   Charity News: Grand Charity and New Masonic Samaritan Fund and RMBI - Making the Difference and New Masonic Samaritan Fund - In Safe Hands
Spring lecture season: Library & Museum of Freemasonry; Cornerstone Society; Canonbury Masonic Research Centre; Sheffield University
Library and Museum: News
Letters
Gardening
Book reviews

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Approaching touchdown, Eric had to peer through the outer edge of the left-hand front window, which was still clear, and he could just make out the lights on the left of the runway. The landing was smooth, and was accompanied by loud cheers from crew and passengers. BA flight 009 had landed safely.
    But what had caused such a major fault? The first clue came as they waited for the steps to be brought to the aircraft. Barry Townley-Freeman saw his hands and clothes covered in a fine black dust. Volcanic ash! And what a sight greeted them as they left the aircraft - they found all the leading edges, engine nacelles and nose cone stripped of paint as if the aircraft had been sandblasted.
    The explanation for the engine failures was that they had flown into a dust cloud caused by a volcanic eruption from Mount Galunggung, which is situated about 110 miles southeast of Jakarta. The engines had been worst affected, the turbine blades suffering the most damage, with the tips ground away at the high speed of the aircraft.
    In October 1984, the International Civil Aviation Authority issued a special report on the dangers of volcanic ash to aircraft, adding that Flight 009's drama was the ninth eruption of Mount Galunggung that year


With acknowledgement to an article in Log, the British Airline Pilots Association magazine, April 1986.

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