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On This Day In Aviation History - 24 June 1982


British Airways Flight 9, operated by a Boeing 747-236B (G-BDXH) suffers from the loss of all four engines after flying through a cloud of volcanic ash southeast of Indonesia. It was not immediately apparent to the flight crew nor air traffic controllers as to the cause of the multi-engine failure. 

The crew of Speedbird 9 were forced to glide the aircraft until the airliner eventually cleared the ash cloud and the engines were restarted. The stricken jumbo was able to land safely in Jakarta, though the captain was forced to shut down engine two before landing. 

The emergency was exacerbated by the inability of the flight crew to see through the sandblasted flight deck windows. Once landed, the crew were unable to taxi due to the glare of the apron floodlights on the damaged windows. 


British Airways - Boeing 747-236B - G-BDXH - San Francisco
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I remember that.
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saw the Air crash Investigation program on that. amazing escape. only due to a natural chemical reaction!!
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And of course, who could forget the Captain's wonderful announcement:
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Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress.

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