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Volcanic Ash Avoidance

A commercial aircraft encounter with volcanic Ash can threaten safety of flight because of resulting conditions that can range from windshield pitting to loss of thrust in all engines. Developments in technology and communication networks have significantly decreased the probability of such an encounter in the last several years. Despite these developments, however, a 737-700 recently flew through a volcanic ash cloud. Updated information about advancements in ensuring safe operations and minimizing damage to the airplane during a volcanic ash encounter is now available to flight crews.

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